blessing for the broken body
These blessings are specifically written for mothers and fathers that have lost children, because this is a grief that is specific to me. However, I also wrote them with medical mamas and dads in mind. Grief and pain, however they have found you, are universal. You may want to rework some of the wording to apply it to your story. But please feel free to print these out and stick them to your bathroom mirror, so you can speak life on those lifeless days. My hope is that you, dear reader, find the strength to dig in to healing, and instead of feeling pierced when holidays or anniversaries arise, may you feel strengthened.
Thank you, dear body, for carrying love, for making a home for my child, for all the ways you held on when everything was spinning out of control.
Thank you for breathing, even as my own child stopped inhaling and exhaling.
Thank you, heart, for continuing to beat, even when I wasn’t sure you could in my darkest moments.
Thank you, muscles and bones, for holding me still, for keeping me upright when the weight of the world rested on my shoulders.
Thank you brain, for absorbing and filing away the traumatic memories so that I didn’t lose my mind, my will, or my strength in the hardest moments of my life.
I am grateful for your strength.
But it’s time for you to release the pain and traumatic memories that you have held on to. It’s time to release the burden of anxiety and fear.
I love you, body, and I want you to be whole.
Take a deep breath, hold it for three seconds and release:
Lungs, may you exhale and inhale with ease.
Heart, may you beat rhythmically.
Brain, may you release anxious thoughts and habits.
Bones, may your marrow be infused with new life.
Nerves, may you be soothed.
Stomach, may you settle.
Hands, may you receive all that goodness and healing that pours into you.
I speak life over all the broken parts of my body. I release the heaviness that has weighed me down.
I am proud of you, body. May you continue to be established in love and strength for the future.