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Meditation for Encountering Grief

From Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death [Shambhala, 2009)

By Joan Halifax PhD., a Zen priest and anthropologist who has worked for forty years with dying people and lectured on the subject of death and dying at the Harvard Divinity School

May I be open to the pain of grief
May I find the inner resources to be present in my sorrow.
May I accept my sadness, know I am not my sadness.
May I accept my anger, fear, anxiety and sorrow.
May I accept my grief, knowing that 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 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.
                                                                    

     

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