"Aboji........aboji," she cried, "Father.......Father...." breaking from her mother's grasp and throwing herself onto her father's coffin as it was dropped into its narrow grave. "Aboji...aboji," she cried, with heartbreaking tears as she clawed at the narrow wooden box which confined his limbs and kept her from touching his decomposing flesh ...This was her last chance to be close to her father from whom she had been estranged since birth. Mr. Kim was a victim of Hansen's disease or what is better known as leprosy. He was discovered to have contracted the disease soon after his first marriage and before the birth of his daughter who was now clinging to his coffin in his grave. She had not cast eyes on him since she was a little girl and she had insisted, despite her mother's grieving reluctance, to see him as least once before he was buried, perhaps a lesser object of dread and contagion now that he was dead.
- Category: End-of-Life
- Created on Friday, 27 January 2012 14:45
Rev. Frank attended a national ADEC conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 7-10. The experience was very rich. I had many opportunities to interact with great people who are specialists in end-of-life counseling, near-death experiences (NDE), hospice care, death, funerals, grief, and mourning for both humans and pets. I was a "short-lived corpse" model for an experiential Home Funeral Workshop led by Donna Belk of Austin, Texas. You see me stretched out here Good dharma practice, living your dying. To be continued in the next life or blog postl!