We have compiled poems, prayers, quotes, articles and links to sites that we hope can help you through this difficult time.
We too experienced losses and found solace through prayers and words of encouragement.
Prayer of the Day
Prayer After Death of Loved One
Saints of God, come to his/her aid! Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord! Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
May Christ, Who called you, take you to Himself; may angels lead you to Abraham’s side. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord, and may Your light shine upon him/her forever. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.
Let us pray: We commend our brother/sister, (Name) to you, Lord. Now that he/she has passed from this life, may he/she live on in Your presence. In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he/she may have committed through human weakness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever…The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes… This hole in your heart is the shape of the one you lost – no one else can fit it.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
– William Penn
Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.
– Mahatma Gandhi
It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
– John Steinbeck
I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.
– Alyson Noel, Evermore
In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
– J.R.R. Tolkien
My Father, I worship you, I thank you for being there for me, through all the good times and bad. I thank you that so far, Father, every day has been sweeter than the day before, with you in my life. I thank you for your unmerited favour in my life. I thank you for giving me strength during these hard times and being there when I am not strong.
Phillippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
Praying through the difficult times
Today has been a difficult day, O Lord, I feel as if I can’t go on. The loss I feel is so strong, it is almost tangible to me.
I have had thoughts that I know are wrong. I feel as if the loss of my loved one has left me empty and drained, so much so that I didn’t want to be here anymore. I need you, my daddy, I need your strength, and I need you to preserve my mind and my body.
I still cannot understand why you took them home? I loved and needed them and you still took them? Why?
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish and no one takes it to heart, the devout are taken away and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
I take comfort in knowing that they are better off with you and, one day, we shall all meet again.
Father, I need you to pull me through. Give me that joy, help me to smile again. Give me beauty for my ashes and the oil of joy for mourning. Fill this void in my heart.
Preserve my memories of my loved one. Help me to go on, Lord. I need your strength like never before.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Thank you, Father, for taking me in your loving embrace and helping me make the correct decisions. You are my guide, my Lord. You be my light. Amen.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
The wonderful gifts of life are the people you have allowed us to love and be loved by.
I have lost a person very dear to my heart and my heart is heavy with the grief from this loss. As you know, each person is a unique creation that is irreplaceable.
Lord, as I think of the memories that will tie me to this person forever, please help me to see past this pain. Let the love that has made this loss so hard never die. I know my heart is capable of loving much, if it is capable of this kind of pain.
Will you help my heart to share this love again? Open new friends and people into my life. I know that they will never replace my dear one. But, my heart has a lot of love to share and that will not end with the death of ____________.
Show me how to deal with my grief in the best way you see fit. Help me to continue to reach through to others through my pain. Draw closer to me as I lean closer to you. You are Jehovah Rappha, the God that heals broken hearts.
Right now the pain is so intense. It feels as if my heart will never beat the same again. Give me hope, Lord. I need your presence to fill my heart, my home and lift this depression.
Cradle me in your arms as I go to bed at night. I am having a hard time sleeping. Give me complete shalom in every way.
In Jesus’ precious name, I come to you as my comforter, my healer and my peace. Amen.”
Author: Julia Shalom Jordan
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A Prayer for Person(s) Overcoming the Death of a Loved One
Psalm 48, Psalm 23
Reflections of the Heart:
It is very difficult to say “good-bye” to a loved one. The pain can be unbearable. If you have experienced the death of a loved one, let the Lord love and comfort you.
Our Father in heaven, may Your Name be honored. There is none greater than You. You are our refuge and strength. You are always ready to help in times of trouble. We praise You, Lord. We lift our hearts with praise. It is good to sing praises to You, our God; how delightful and how right! Lord, You are great and mighty in power. Your understanding is infinite. We thank You, Father, for the life of our loved one(s) who have gone on to be with You. Thank You for their time on earth and the impact they had on our lives. We are thankful to You and we bless Your Name.
Father, You can count the stars and call them all by name. Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension. You support the humble and bring the wicked down into the dust. You comfort those who mourn. We declare that those grieving the death of a loved one; mourning will turn into dancing. We confess that You are their rock, fortress, and Savior in whom they will find protection. You are their shield, and the strength of their salvation. Father, You are their stronghold. As they call on You, You have promised to answer. We believe that You will be with them during this period of bereavement, rescue them from grief, honor them, and give them Your salvation.
Father, we ask You to send Your peace to those persons who are mourning. Continue to surround them with family, friends and loved ones who will offer words of comfort. Give them sweet and restful sleep. Father, remove the spirit of heaviness, and give them garments of praise. In due time, bless their lives to overflow with laughter and joy again. As they take refuge in You, please help them to put their trust in You. Holy Spirit, we ask that You settle the hearts and minds of those who are feeling any guilt, resentment, bitterness, or anger. Help them not to look back but to press forward.
Write down the name of those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to praying for them, call, visit or send an encouraging note to them.
Father, forgive the bereaved for any sins they have committed through thoughts, words, or deeds. Forgive them if they have not meditated on Your Word to find comfort. Father, forgive them if they have not been totally submissive to Your perfect will for their lives. Forgive them for any hurtful things they may have said or done to the deceased. Lord, help them to forgive the deceased if necessary. Please remind them of anyone they need to forgive; and help them to forgive quickly.
Lead those who mourn not into temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Lord, the heavens tell of Your glory. The skies display Your marvelous craftsmanship. You are the Lord, Most High, the great King over all the earth. You reign over all nations. You are an awesome God. We honor You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scriptures References for the Written Text: Matthew 6:9, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 147:1-6, Isaiah 61:2, Psalm 30:11, II Samuel 22:2-3 Psalm 91:15-16, Isaiah 61:3, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 19:1
Today, I will trust God to: