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“Departures” my favorite story of forgiveness and reconciliation between a father and his son who makes the final passage with his father in the ceremony of death

September 9, 2016

“Departures” my favorite story of forgiveness and reconciliation between a father and his son who makes the final passage with his father in the ceremony of death

“Departures”  where a man in rural Japan becomes a person preparing the dead for a ceremony ushering the person into the next life –  and who ends rekindling his relationship to his estranged father – who he prepares for death and offers to each other a stone as a symbol of their bond
I have watched “Departures” many times.  The truth of the story is that the advertisement entices this down on his luck  cellist to apply for a job where he is trained to usher the dead through the portals of living to being remembered.  I have always loved double entendres and as such this is as rich as Shakespeare or as a parable of Jesu.  
Unfortunately the world is pretty skinny for me, though I wanted to do more it was not within my outlook to have a plain bagel life.  The lox themselves, were not a garnish for the quality of my life. They were odorless and tasteless.
Perhaps caviar may have added to the feast it being close to Sukkot.  Your departure has made me wonder and delve into the mystery of circumstances.  I recall vividly the first day I met you at the evening soiree for the Healthcare for All Colorado.  I am pretty sure that Thomas R. Reid was present that night but I distinctly recall your generous spirit and effusive openness.  
Your presence in my life has been a true inspiration and without question life saving.  It is therefore with chagrin that I look at your passage from my standpoint, as selfish as it is, but at the same moment revel in your success in living your dreams.  I am thankful that you and Martin have the finite presence of one another forever, and that your family flourishes.
THANK YOU, a shabbily stated refrain but needless to add a rare tribute to the grace of your life that you have bestowed upon mine.
Go well stay well always, may the road wind down to a place of refuge where you are fulfilled as long as you live.
Love,

“It is in the shelter of one another that we dwell.”


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