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Memorial Service For Mits Aoki

Rev. Mitsuo Aoki, died peacefully at his home in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Aug. 19, 2010, at age 95. Family, friends, and volunteers and staff from Hospice Hawaii were with him during the time before his death. He "lived his dying," experiencing the richness of each day, just as he had coached others to do for decades.

His “Celebration of Life” service will be held at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Avenue, on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.

Visitation with family will take place at 1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 3 p.m. The service is open to the public and aloha attire is recommended. The Aoki Family kindly asks that no flowers be given. Please feel free to write a note to the Aoki family and friends at www.mem.com . Just search for “Mitsuo Aoki”

Valet parking is available where the former Varsity Theater once stood, adjacent to the Church. Overflow parking is at the Japanese Cultural Center and the University of Hawaii, Orvis Auditorium and Law School.

Rev Aoki’s work will continue on through The Foundation For Holistic Healing, which he founded 1983. The Foundation for Holistic Healing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to cultivate and promote a holistic approach to health and healing, death and dying. Donations to further his work are being accepted through:

The Foundation For Holistic Healing
111 Hekili Street, Suite A-496 Kailua, Hawaii 96734 mits_aoki_tffhh@yahoo.com

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Mits Aoki was a theologian, minister, college professor and founder of the University of Hawaii's Department of Religion. For over four decades the Rev. Dr. Aoki has shown others how to experience death not merely as an end, but as a vital, inseparable part of life. This film explores his personal journey and the stories of four courageous individuals who faced the challenge of "living their dying".

Mitsuo Aoki brought spirituality and forgiveness into caregiving for those going through the transition of death. His approach is one of 'conscious dying' that leads to fuller living. He helped found the hospice movement in Hawaii and has influenced profoundly the lives of thousands of clients, their families as well as his many students.

 

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