Many things you had against a person who passed away, which you could not eliminate while he/she was living, are gradually dissolving with time. A lot of ill feelings that couldn’t be removed when you saw each other are trimmed little by little, only his/her good side remaining. The image of the deceased being formed in such a way, people who are left behind also feel at peace. The ex-head’s words I heard from the head of Honenin temple in Kyoto, Shinsho Kajita.
June 4, 2015
from “Oriorino Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun