JAPAN EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY
FROM THE ARCHIVES: She makes final farewells less traumatic for Japan's disaster victims
This story first appeared in The Straits Times on March 10, 2012
Published on Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM
TOKYO - After the elements have taken a toll on the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Ms Ruiko Sasahara is reversing the process.
A mortician by profession, Ms Sasahara has been working as a volunteer up and down the north- eastern coast of Japan since the disaster struck last year, repairing battered faces so that surviving relatives can say their final farewells.
“I wanted bereaved families’ last memories of their loved ones to be of them with the best possible expression on their faces,” Ms Sasahara told the Yomiuri newspaper.
Her contributions are recorded in a recently released book titled Farewell From The Heart: The Compassionate Mortician Of The Great East Japan Earthquake.
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