A Simple Ritual Helps a Whole Staff Respond to Grief in Their Midst
This note showed up on Facebook. It tells a heartwarming story of how a whole staff came together to help a family in severe distress, and shows how sometimes a response to something overwhelmingly sad can be simple but powerful.
I just thought I would share this with you:
Around December 20th, the staff at our hospital was informed that the husband of one of our colleagues has non-small cell pulmonary sarcoma. This is a married couple – each is 48 years old - and they have been married and best friends.
The practice is devastated for them and many have been at a loss as to how to support them. I had taken a course at Omega with Joan Borysenko called Soul Care in Health Care. The staff knew I had been to that course and two staff members came to me and asked if I could lead a prayer circle.
Well, this is a large staff with many young people. None have a meditation practice and they wanted to do this, but were a little nervous and reluctant. I set up an alter in the middle of the room, dimmed the lights, lit candles and played the "music only" CD from your Successful Surgery CDs*. It was perfect. I read the Peaceful Place Imagery script you wrote in my signed copy of Invisible Heroes..
Belleruth…it was a sweet and loving gathering of friends with the intention of sending energy and love to this family. The music is incredible. I had purchased the CD for upcoming shoulder surgery.
I certainly hope someday, and I believe it will happen, I am able to look you in the eyes and thank you for all that you contribute to the world.
*This is the same music that can be found on Steven Mark Kohn’s Music for Meditation.