Dr. Makiko Kondo obtained Bachelor of Education and Registered Nurse degrees from Tokushima University in 1989, a Master of Science in Nursing from Chiba University in 2000, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Osaka Prefecture University in 2007. Currently, she is Professor at Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan. She teaches doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate courses. Her field of expertise is qualitative studies. Her research themes involve care for dying parents and their young children, nurses’ grief care, conceptualization of clinical nursing competency, medical ethics, and life review of a Hansen’s disease survivor who had experienced an extreme state.