Prayers for Coping With Loss

A selection of prayers on death and mourning.

Prayer for Those Who Mourn

Bless those who mourn, eternal God,


with the comfort of your love


that they may face each new day with hope


and the certainty that nothing can destroy


the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,


their days enriched with friendship,


and their lives encircled by your love.


Amen.


--c 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson, Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts"



Make Me Brave for Life

God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.


Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,


Shining and lovely again.


God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.


As the blown grass lifts, let me rise


From sorrow with quiet eyes,


Knowing Thy way is wise.


God, make me brave, life brings


Such blinding things.


Help me to keep my sight;


Help me to see aright


That out of dark comes light.


Author Unknown



El Maley Rachamim

God full of mercy who dwells on high


Grant perfect rest on the wings of Your Divine Presence


In the lofty heights of the holy and pure


who shine as the brightness of the heavens


to the soul of _______.



who has gone to his eternal rest


as all his family and friends


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pray for the elevation of his soul.


His resting place shall be in the Garden of Eden.


Therefore, the Master of mercy will care for him


under the protection of His wings for all time


And bind his soul in the bond of everlasting life.


God is his inheritance and he will rest in peace


and let us say Amen.



--From Jewish Funeral Care



Prayer for Bereaved Parents

God, you sacrificed your son so that we and our children would transcend physical death. We know that you grieved when he was crucified and that you grieve over all the atrocities done by men -- especially in your name. You know and understand grief as you know and understand all. You know best how to comfort these parents. Lift their hearts up to you and fill them with your peace. Your understanding is beyond our human comprehension, but give them the knowledge and faith to endure even that which they can't understand. Let them be aware of you always God, and help them to remember that your Love is Life that can never really be taken away.



--Beliefnet member anacleo7



Love Is Stronger Than Death

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