Prayers after a death

This morning an email brought sad news of a sudden death in the family of someone we know. A friend’s father died last night of a sudden and massive heart attack. The whole family is in shock right now even as they begin the process of making funeral arrangements. What do we say in a time like this? How should we pray?

Here is the prayer I wrote for the family. I pass it along in hopes that it may encourage us to pray for each other and not simply to say, “I’m praying for you,” but to write our prayers. Perhaps someone who reads these words will take strength from them.

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. You said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” and this morning we believe this with all our hearts. And, Lord, you know far more than we do what death is all about. So we come to you in our pain and in our sadness. Draw near, O Lord, for we desperately need your help.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us. Have mercy on our friends. Have mercy on the whole family. You have promised to be near to the broken-hearted. Come near, O Lord, come near because we need you so much. Grant the wisdom they need to think clearly about the decisions that must be made this morning. Help them to rest in you. We thank you that heaven is a real place and that when you said, “Today you will be with me in paradise,” you were speaking to all of us who believe in you. Last night those words came true for __________. Thank you that he is finally home, safe at last, where no pain or sickness or sadness can touch him any longer.

We are the ones in need this morning. Help us because we are your children. Help us so that our faith will not fail. Help us so that we may somehow bring glory to you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The following prayers may be recited immediately after the person’s death and may be repeated in the hours that follow.Saints of God, come to his (her) aid!

Come to meet him (her), angels of the Lord!

R. 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. R.Give him (her) eternal rest, O Lord,
and may your light shine on him (her) for ever. R.Let us pray.All-powerful and merciful God,
we commend to you N., your servant.

In your mercy and love,

blot out the sins he (she) has committed
through human weakness.
In this world he (she) has died:
let him (her) live with you for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.These verses may also be used:

V. Eternal rest grant unto him (her), O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon him (her).V. May he (she) rest in peace.

R. Amen.V. May his (her) soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen.

I lost my beloved Dad few days ago and right from that time, I am just living like a dead. I am unable to anything and always, every second I am missing my sweet daddy.

He was only 54 and as per my knowledge there was no such health problem on him. One day, as usual after taking dinner he went to bed. But after few hours he started saying to have some pain on his chest and abdomen. Later when doctor came, he asked me to admit him at hospital as he has got fatal heart attack. After 2 days he passed away.

I cannot believe this situation, can’t accept that he is no more with us. May be I will commit suicide, but restrict myself just because of my Mom. How she will live, if I do something silly.

So, now my condition is getting bad and bad everyday. He was too much excited about my marriage and planning for it after 5-6 months. We were so happy. But, this sudden accident has ruined all my happiness forever. I know that I cannot continue like this without my Father. So, it is my kind prayer to my lord, my everthing Jesus to do some miracle and return him back again in our lives.

It was too early for him to go away like this, please almighty lord Jesus, hear my pray and do your miracle so that we can again see my sweet daddy.

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