Prayers for Coping With Loss

A selection of prayers on death and mourning.

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Love is stronger than death.


So, I must be content to know that


love is not affected by death-


it doesn't end, it doesn't diminish,


it doesn't change.


Instead, love is immortalized


and eternalized through death.


And the possibility of that love ever


being damaged or broken


is eliminated forever.


I'll put my trust in love.


--c 2002 Mary Hollingsworth, "Little Taps on the Shoulder From God"



Entering Into the Gate of Heaven

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening,


into the house and gate of heaven,


to enter into that gate, and dwell in that house where there shall be


no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;


no noise nor silence, but one equal music;


no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;


no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;


in the habitation of thy glory and dominion,


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world without end. Amen.


--John Donne



A Prayer for the Deceased

Go your way to the land of the Ancestors,


where they wait for you with open arms,


there on the edge between this world and the next.


See; there they stand.


Ancestral spirits, welcome this one


to the place where we all must go.


--c 2002 Ceisiwr Serith, "A Book of Pagan Prayer"



Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart.


Though outwardly we are wasting away,


yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.


For our light and momentary troubles


are achieving for us an eternal glory


that far outweighs them all.


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