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I work as a volunteer for a hospice. The woman who I visited there since June died on Thursday night.She is not a Buddhist and didn't have a special religious practice.Is there a way for me to care for her soul the upcoming time. And is it wise to do it?

Thank you for doing such important work. Without that experience of "existence and death", the wisdom of Zen cannot be truly understood. For my students to have a closer understanding of it, that is why the hospice in Seattle, USA started. Everyone who has been around someone dying can feel that it is not only about the body. Being alive is space, and even when dead, that space still remains, because it is that space that we share with others. And from there we can feel deeply that we come from nowhere and go nowhere. Only the karmic connections change. In that sense it would be nice to keep a picture of her, to thus keep her memory alive and on the memorial day of the death, or on another special day, to remember her. Because it is your thoughts and memories about her, that gives life to new karmic connections.

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