After three weeks Japan, I’m still absorbing the rich and profound encounters I had there. As guest of the Japanese government, I visited different parts of the country as key note speaker in symposiums on grief care.
In the tsunami-ravaged areas around Sendai and Fukushima, people are still aching for family, friends and homes they lost five and a half years ago. Vast tracts of land are desolate, apart from graveyards and the occasional school building that has been preserved as a memorial.
Their stories touched me deeply and will stay with me a long time.
The human spirit is strong.
Even after the worst has happened, there is hope.