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Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at hospitals

Added 12-07-19 02:03:02am EST - “Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at hospitals”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016.

The group helped Joseph Marshal stand up next to his bed at the Regional Health hospice before moving burning sage over his body and passing it around to the entire group.

Being able to smudge “meant the world for us” because it helped Marshal on his way to the next world while also comforting the relatives, the Rapid City journalist said.

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Medical staff, patients and family members like Richards all say that smudging is a meaningful and beneficial ritual for Native Americans at local hospitals.

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