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“It can’t be helped”

Several years ago, at a cultural event at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane, a Japanese-American man being honored talked about the survival method he used during the war. He fought for the US in a Japanese-American unit.

He said when they faced an adversity, and imagined what adversity they faced, they said: “It can't be helped. Move on.”

This has long been a cultural way of grief and survival for the Japanese people, and it will be interesting to see how it kicks in during this latest and most horrific time.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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