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Parents to Talk About Dealing with the Death of Their Three Children

March 30th, 2004

Al and Jane Nakatani - a couple who survived the deaths of all three of their children - will discuss the heart-wrenching experience in a talk at Hartnell College on Thursday, April 29.

Also part of the program will be Molly Fumia, who wrote a book, "Honor Thy Children," based on the Nakatanis' experiences.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 125 of the Performing Arts Building.

The death of the Nakatani's sons (two to AIDS, one to violence) inspired them to become agents of social change, according to Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao, Hartnell psychology instructor. "In their program," says Matsushita-Arao, "the Nakatanis eloquently discuss why we must overcome prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance, and encourage us to promote acceptance of human diversity."

The Hartnell program will include the showing of a portion of a documentary being made about the Nakatanis' story.

Author Fumia was intimately involved with the Nakatanis' life during the time of their last son's death. Her book documents the couple's tragic losses and their transcendence from grief to healing. She is the author of two other books that explore the nature of grief.

The Nakatanis, who have made hundreds of appearance throughout the United States, have spoken at Hartnell before.

For more information, contact Matsushita-Arao at (831) 755-6781 or ymatsush@hartnell.edu.