Blessing for the Survivor’s Path

August 3, 2010

I discovered this book of blessings at Dance this past Sunday. Our dj/guide Jo, read us a beautiful blessing as we moved to the rhthym of stillness. I followed the trail to this book To Bless the Space Between Us by the late John O’Donohue, a celtic poet and priest, and found this blessing. It made me cry and moved more grief out of me. How could he have known such truth. This is what I wish for us all.

For the Family and Friends of A Suicide

As you huddle around the torn silence,
Each by this lonely deed exiled
To a solitary confinement of soul,
May some small glow from what has been lost
Return like the kindness of candlelight.

As your eyes strain to sift
This sudden wall of dark
And no one can say why
In such a forsaken, secret way,
This death was sent for…
May one of the lovely hours
Of memory return
Like a field of ease
Among these graveled days.

May the Angel of Wisdom
Enter this ruin of absence
And guide your minds
To receive this bitter chalice
So that you do not damage yourselves
By attending only at the hungry altar
Of regret and anger and guilt.

May you be given some inkling
That there could be something else at work
And that what to you now seems
Dark, destructive, and forlorn,
Might be a destiny that looks different
From inside the eternal script.

May vision be granted to you
To see this with the eyes of providence.
May your loss become a sanctuary
Where new presence will dwell
To refine and enrich
The rest of your life
With courage and compassion.

And may your lost loved one
Enter into the beauty of eternal tranquility,
In that place where there is no more sorrow
Or separation or mourning or tears.

— John O’Donohue (1956- 2008)


4 Responses to “Blessing for the Survivor’s Path”

  1. Kate said

    John O’Donohue is amazing. Look up his poem “On the Death of the Beloved.” I read that at my loved one’s memorial.

  2. I know he is amazing- other worldly. Very beautiful that you read that piece at the memorial. I’m so glad i now have his blessings and esp. the one you recommended. Thnx!

  3. I just put one of his other poemns on my blog. I love his words they are so healing. The poem you have here is from another book of his I purchased ‘Benedictus- A Book of Blessings’. May your journey bring you peace and life. x

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