Prayers for Those Who Mourn

Words of comfort from many faiths.

Bless those who mourn, eternal God,with the comfort of your lovethat they may face each new day with hopeand the certainty that nothing can destroythe 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





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





The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.


He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;


he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.



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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


--Psalm 23





May all be free from sorrow,


and the causes of sorrow,


May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless.


--Buddhist prayer





Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with those who mourn, that casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


--The Book of Common Prayer 1979





O Allah, ease upon him his matters, and make light for him whatever comes hereafter, and honor him with Your meeting and make that which he has gone to better than that which he came out from.


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