What is needed for hospice is silence, not words, I think.

Susumu Tokunaga



The doctor in Tottori has worked on hospice activities for many years with staff who care for meals and excretion. He says that meanwhile, the number of words to talk about end-of-life care has increased and medical measures have also evolved, but sitting silently beside the sick people "riding on the flow of time" causes "weakness and softness" to go between the both sides. And he adds that there is no change in the form of end-of-life care from time immemorial. From the journal of a clinic opened by the doctor , "Wild Flower Communication" No. 31.


October 31,  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun