Prayers for Times of Grief

A selection of prayers and scripture readings from many faiths.

Pleas for mercy and aid
Laments and mourning
Rest for the dead and the suffering
Comfort and solace


To Allah we belong and to him we shall return. Oh Allah, help me in my calamity and replace it with good.

--Muslim prayer



My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;

I ask, "When wilt thou comfort me?"

--Psalm 119


These two things have befallen you --

who will condole with you? --

devastation and destruction, famine and sword;

who will comfort you?

--Isaiah 51



Comfort, give comfort to my people.

--Isaiah 40

Laments of mourning and affliction

I grieved for my friend or my brother;

I went about as one who laments his mother,

bowed down and in mourning.

--Psalm 35


I weep and lament when I behold our beauty created in the likeness of God lying in the tomb disfigured, bereft of glory and form. 0 the marvel of it! What is this mystery concerning us? Why have we been delivered to corruption? Why have we been wedded unto death?


--Orthodox Funeral Hymn


It is as if the sun and the moon have left the sky.

--The Buddha


Oh, only for so short a while you

have loaned us to each other,

because we take form in your act of drawing us,

and we take life in your painting us,

and we breathe in your singing us.

But only for so short a while

have you loaned us to each other.

Because even a drawing cut in obsidian fades,

and the green feathers, the crown feathers,

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