Hospice Hand Printing - A Blessing
I was recently asked by a friend, if I might write a blessing for those creating hand prints with hospice patients. My friend, who works in the local hospice. has been using the practice for years and was writing it up as part of her Masters in Loss and Bereavement with the Irish Hospice Foundation. She is creating a toolkit for those working with patients in this way, and was keen to include some form of blessing, that they could opt to say with the patient as they were doing it, or at the end. So, with deep admiration of the real care for patients and their families that motivates that, here's the blessing I wrote:
As your hand leaves this painted touch, May those you have touched find it a source of comfort.
As you have held with your hands, may you now feel held
As you have cared with your hands, may you now know care
As you have welcome with your hands, may you now feel a welcome home