I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come
for my departure.” (2 Tim. 4:6)
movie “Departure”, was adopted from the memoir of Japanese writer, Shinmon
Aoki, had won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. The
story was about a young man, named Daigo Kobayashi. Daigo worked as a cellist
for an orchestra in Tokyo, but he returned to his hometown after the
orchestra was dismissed. His mother died two years ago and his father ran off
with a waitress when he was six years-old. He felt regret for not taking better
care of his mother. Even though he felt hatred towards his father, he kept
what his father gave him-a “letter-stone”( some people believe that stone can
convey meaning through its texture.)
order to make a living, Daigo accepted a job that was to prepare the dead
body for a ceremony known as encoffinment. In the beginning, he hid the
nature of his job from his wife because of the social rejection for this
profession. First time he went to work with his boss to assist with the
encoffinment of a woman, who died at home two weeks ago. He felt nauseous and
he had to visit a public bath afterward to clean himself up. Later he began
to understand the meaning of this work and gradually earned respect from the
families of the deceased. But after his wife found out his work, she rejected
him and went back to her father’s home. His friends also left him because of
his job. After a while, his wife came back. When one of their good friends
passed away, they went to his house to prepare the dead. Through preparation
process, Daigo’s wife had seen his sincerity in doing the ceremony and
realized the importance of her husband’s work.
Daigo received the news that his father had passed away without information
of location. One day, he saw a funeral worker carelessly dealt the deformed
body in a village, and he felt offended and went ahead to dress it himself.
In the process of encoffinment, he realized the body belonged to his father,
because he recognized the letter-stone in that person’s hand that was the
same stone that he gave it to his father when he was a little boy.
Death is something nobody wants to talk about, but everybody has to face it.
As we face the end of life, everyone hopes to have a beautiful departure in
order to make a closure. However, God’s Words told us whoever believe in
Jesus Christ has eternal life. If we really respect life, we should come back
to the Creator of life and live our lives on earth in the way of preparing
ourselves to face the Lord of life without shame one day.