Breaking Open

Do not celebrate my life

When I die.

I want you to grieve.

Grieve so deeply that your heart opens.

I want you to wail; wail a love song.

Fall to your knees in heartache and call out my name.

Do not pretend you are okay.

When in reality you are breaking

O P E N.

And if you cannot grieve

Then, you never truly loved me.

For it is in love that we grieve so deeply.

Do not honour my life

Without shedding a tear.

For if you truly knew me,

Knew how to honour me,

You would do so with raw, wild, unbound

T E A R S.

We will meet again.

In the beautiful landscape of the soul.

You can find me there,

But first, you must

G R I E V E.

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Jennifer holds an MA in counselling psychology and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of maternal health and psychology. Located in Canada, she uses her expertise and voice to help advance the dialogue on trauma-informed care, maternal mental health, and healing.

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