Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Encountering Grief

May I be open to the pain of grief.

May I find the inner resources to be present for my sorrow.

May I accept my sadness, knowing I am not my sadness.

May I accept my own and others’ anger, fear, anxiety, and sorrow, [knowing that our hearts are not limited by these feelings].

May I accept my grief, knowing it does not make me bad or wrong.

May I forgive myself for not meeting my loved one’s needs.

May I forgive myself for mistakes made and things left undone.

May I be open with myself and others about my experience of suffering and loss.

May I find peace and strength that I may use my resources to help others.

May all those who grieve be released from their sorrow.

(from Joan Halifax, Being With Dying)

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