Hospice prayer for the dying

hospice prayer for the dying

As a hospice chaplain, I have the unique opportunity of sharing very meaningful experiences with patients.  My primary role is to be a listener to a patient’s life story, addressing spirituality and faith as it is welcomed by the person I serve.  As I come to know a patient’s faith tradition, I offer various practices that, hopefully, enhance that patient’s connection to what he or she considers divine.

One of these practices is prayer.  Since my faith tradition teaches that the only genuine faith is a freely chosen faith, I approach hospice prayers very carefully.  Some patients welcome my visit, but consider prayer too personal or sacred to practice in my presence.  More than a few patients have declined my praying in their presence, but express appreciation when I say, “That’s fine.  I’ll keep you in my prayers.”

To patients who welcome prayer, I seek first to honor their faith tradition’s prayer practices. For example, I often say to a Roman Catholic patient, “I’m going to pray for you right now,” after which we’ll close our visit with a saying of the “Our Father.”  Or when a Jewish patient has welcomed prayer, I will choose a prayer text from the Psalms in the Hebrew Bible.

Prayers for the Dying

As with many of my chaplain colleagues, I often pray extemporaneous, more conversational prayers with my patients.  While my intention is to be more spontaneous in the wording of such prayers, I often use similar phrases that honor most faith traditions while resonating with my own spirituality.

The following is a typical prayer I use with most hospice patients:

“God, thank you for being with us right now.  We confess that we don’t understand why things happen the way they do.  We don’t understand why illness comes into our lives, but we do know that you walk every path of life with us.  Remind Joe that you are walking with him right now.  Remind Joe that you love him, no matter what he is going through.  I also pray for Joe’s family. Give them your strength as they care for Joe. God, we thank you that you never leave us, that you never forsake us, but you love us.  We trust you, and pray this in your name.  Amen.”

The above prayer has some key thoughts that I hope my hospice patient will hear: 

  1. God is always present with us, even when we may not be experiencing that presence.
  2. As a chaplain, I don’t pretend to have the answers. I join with my patient in asking the “whys.”
  3. God is with my hospice patient, especially in suffering.
  4. Caregivers also experience God’s presence in caring for their loved one.
  5. I affirm my personal trust in God even when none of us have the answers.

It goes without saying that extemporaneous prayers often reflect who we are and open us up to our patients.  It is my hope that the hospice patients I am privileged to serve hear who I am and what I believe when I pray for them.

My desire is that they may experience God with them when they allow me to pray.

Barry Pennington, DMin, BCC
Chaplain

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Recommended Reading:

The Seven Commandments of Spiritual Care

How to Say Goodbye to Someone Who Is Dying

Is Dying Easier for the Faithful?

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Fearless people, careless needles
Harsh words spoken, and lives are broken
Forceful ages, help me I’m fading
Heaven’s waiting, it’s time to move on

Crossing that bridge with lessons I’ve learn
Playing with fire and not getting burned
I may not know what you’re going through
But time is the space between me and you
Life carries on
It goes on

Just say die and I would be pessimistic
In your mind we can walk across water
Please don’t cry, it’s just a prayer for the dying
I just don’t know what’s got into me

Been crossing that bridge with lessons I’ve learn
Playing with fire and not getting burned
I may not know what you’re going through
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But time is the space between me and you
There is a life through that window
Hold on say “Yes” while people say “No”
Life carries on, oh
It goes on, oh

I’m crossing that bridge with lessons I’ve learn
I’m playing with fire and not getting burned
I may not know what you’re going through
But time is the space between me and you
There is a life through that window
Hold on say “Yes” while people say “No”
Cause life carries on, oh
It goes on, oh, it goes on, oh, oh
Life carries on

When nothing else matters
When nothing else matters
I just don’t know what’s got into me
It’s just a prayer for the dying, for the dying

Бесстрашные люди, неосторожные иглы
Говорят суровые слова, и жизнь нарушена
Сильные возрасты, помоги мне, я угасаю
Небеса ждут, пора двигаться дальше

Пересекая этот мост с уроками, которые я изучаю
Игра с огнем и не сжигание
Возможно, я не знаю, через что вы идете
Но время – это пространство между мной и вами
Жизнь продолжается
Это продолжается

Просто скажи умереть, и я бы стал пессимистом
В вашем уме мы можем ходить по воде
Пожалуйста, не плачь, это всего лишь молитва о смерти
Я просто не знаю, что на меня нашло

Пересекаю этот мост с уроками, которые я изучаю
Игра с огнем и не сжигание
Возможно, я не знаю, через что вы идете
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Но время – это пространство между мной и вами
В этом окне есть жизнь
Удерживайте «Да», когда люди говорят «Нет»,
Жизнь продолжается, о
Это продолжается, ой

Я пересекаю этот мост с уроками, которые я изучаю
Я играю с огнем и не сгораю
Возможно, я не знаю, через что вы идете
Но время – это пространство между мной и вами
В этом окне есть жизнь
Удерживайте «Да», когда люди говорят «Нет»,
Потому что жизнь продолжается, ах
Это продолжается, о, это продолжается, о, о
Жизнь продолжается

Когда ничего не имеет значения
Когда ничего не имеет значения
Я просто не знаю, что на меня нашло
Это всего лишь молитва о смерти, о смерти

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