Death and Grief: Prayers and Support September 01, 2005 12:27 AM
By June Soyka Cook & Self-Healing Expressions
Preparation for Today's Lesson
Breathe deeply...exhale. Now, breathe in white healing light...exhale darkness and negativity.
Today we reflect on death and grief. We extend our heart felt sympathy to those reading this whom may be struggling with the loss of a loved one.
"Grief is extremely powerful. It catches you totally unprepared, knocks you off balance and shakes you to the core. It is painful beyond words physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually and it can completely change your life. Grief reminds you how fragile life is and how vulnerable you are to loss.
Time does not heal grief. Time is neutral. It is not the passage of time alone that heals. It is what you do with time that matters. Mourning is an active process, not a passive one, and recovery is a choice."
Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor/Author
On Death (from The Prophet)
By Kahlil Gibran
"You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day
cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one,
even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow
your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams,
for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd
when he stands before the king whose hand
is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling,
that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind
and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing,
but to free the breath from its restless tides,
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs,
then shall you truly dance."
Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you."
~ Pueblo Blessing
Life is given to us one moment at a time:
In happy moments, praise God.
In difficult moments, seek God.
In quiet moments, worship God.
In painful moments, trust God.
For every moment, thank God.
The above prayer was submitted by Melissa (16 years old). Her mother crossed over two years ago.
U can Light a virtual candle in memory of someone you lost, in hope for someone you know is hurting, or just to send a comforting message to someone special here
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September 04, 2005 2:46 PM
How beautiful, Giasemi! Thanks. I'm going to make a printout so that I can use it.
Giuliana aka PLR
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