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I found this poem/blessing on the internet last night while searching for some sort of burial ritual examples for my baby, Karis. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to share it with everyone. I dont know who the author is. : (<br><br><br><br>
Mother of life,<br>
Mother of death,<br>
here is a spirit so new that the gates of life and death are just an archway in her dancing ground.<br>
She has danced her way back to you.<br>
Her passage is easy but mine is hard.<br>
I wanted to hold her living flesh and feel her soft breath and her heartbeat.<br>
I nurtured her in my body;<br>
I would have fed her from my breasts.<br>
I would have cared for her and watched her first steps and listened for her voice.<br>
No other child that may come to me will ever be what she would have been.<br>
Nothing, nobody, will ever replace her.<br>
Whatever healing I may find, this loss will always be a part of me.<br>
Bless my womb, which has the power to create life and death.<br>
Bless my arms that would have embraced her.<br>
Bless my hands that would have lifted her.<br>
Bless my heart that grieves.
 

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That is beautiful, thanks for sharing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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