Learn how this man’s experience with grief led him to start a Death Café in Japan and become a death doula and Willow EOL educator.
My guest Masatoshi Shoji is a licensed acupuncturist, health communicator and medical translator in Sendai Japan. He started Death Café Sendai in his hometown in 2015 and since then has trained as a certified grief counselor, death doula and Willow EOL Educator. He shares why he first became interested in working with grief and death and his experiences with Death Café in Japan.
This episode includes:
- Masatoshi’s experience with grief as a young widower in Japan
- What inspired him to create Death Café Sendai
- How he organized and promoted his first Death Café
- Resources that Masatoshi is using to further his own death education
- The gradual growth in popularity of Death Café in Japan
- The obstacles to talking about death in his community, including the use of implicit language
- How Masatoshi felt socially marginalized as a young widower in his community
- His goal to bring acupuncture to hospice and end-of-life care
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- Death & Dying Class Instructor Training
- Widowed and Young (WAY) group in UK
- Movie: Departures
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Education Series
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