It was the first experience.

It was 4:30 A.M. when my cellphone rang suddenly.
I was in the kitchen then and it was from my mother-in-law. She had stayed nights as well in the hospital recently and she said on the phone that my father-in-law was in a critical condition. As soon as we got the news, my husband and I prepared for going out and then my husband went to the office to prepare things for absence.

My cellphone rang again at around 6:30 A.M., and my mother-in-law told me that he passed away. My husband was still in the office then. It was too sad to tell him directly on the phone, so I sent a message to him.

I have some Kimonos including mourning black Kimonos. I bought them just before when I got married. And my mother recommended me to learn how to wear put on Kimono. She was worried if I couldn't find anyone who dress me in Hokkaido where is far from my hometown. So I had learned it for several years and I got a qualification. When I was younger, women used to wear mourning black Kimonos for their parents' or husbands' funerals. However few women wear them nowadays. Actually I don't like wearing Kimono, because it's troublesome. I regret that I bought expensive Kimonos. Since I bought them, I think I have to wear them if I have a chance. So I was going to wear the mourning black Kimono for my father-in-law's funeral. However my mother-in-law said to me that she wouldn't wear the Kimono. I thought it was strange if I wore the black Kimono although my mother-in-law didn't wear it. After all I didn't wear the black Kimono. I had mixed feelings then.

We got to the hospital around 13:00 by car.
As soon as we went into the room, I bursted into tears. And my husband touched his fahter's face at first. Then my son touched him, too. Then I .... I hesitated to do it. Because I was very very very afraid of touching a dead body. I've seen it many times, but touching it was the first time for me. And after hesitating for a while, I managed to touch his face with my trembling hand.

To be continued.

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I'm so sorry Sakae. :(

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Thank you, Always visiting.



Welcome to my blog.
I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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