Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will post something about grief. Sometimes it will be a reflection on an aspect of grief’s landscape. Now and then I will share from my own journey of grief, because in the sharing of our stories we find strength and build a community of people that support one another.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


May the fires of death that burn at night light our way.
May the sorrows that weigh us down, dissipate at dawn like mist.
May the morning rain moisten our upturned faces with hope.

May we touch what our loved ones touched and remember their hearts.
May we see with their eyes and celebrate their world.
May the stars in the great cosmic night remind us, we are not alone.

May the food of the earth nourish our bodies.
May clarity of thought renew our minds.
May the sharing of passion revive our hearts.

May our sojourn with grief lead to a new place we want to call home.
As we light candles for our dead, 
may we burn with kindness for others.
May we open to all who dwell in the dark holy room of grief.

O courageous companions, as we let go of what has been,
may we perceive what might be.

May we become the blessing.


  1. "May we become the blessing." Yes.
    Truly a beautiful piece, Mark. It takes my breath away.
    I've taken the liberty of sharing it with the members of our online Grief Healing Discussion Groups, here: http://j.mp/1s2Cpcm
    Blessings to you, and thank you. ♥

  2. Marty, thank you. And yes, please feel free to share.