• Mitsuko Nakashima Social Work Coordinator, Midland Hospice Care, Inc., Topeka, Kansas


This essay reflects on my helping relationship with dying and grieving people through hospice work and shows how my experiences helped me to grow spiritually. I was born and raised in Japan and influenced by various Eastern religious philosophies and their practices. Yet through my experience with hospice, I found that spiritual issues can be addressed in a way that transcends religious and cultural differences. Thus, my clients and I benefit mutually. As I help my clients to prepare to die, I go deeper inside myself by asking questions of life and death through self-reflection. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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