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A Simple Ritual Helps a Whole Staff Respond to Grief in Their Midst

14 Jan

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.
Dear BR:
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.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award