Prayers for Times of Grief

A selection of prayers and scripture readings from many faiths.

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Yit-barach v'yish-tabach, v'yit-pa-ar v'yit-romam v'yit-nasay, v'yit-hadar v'yit-aleh v'yit-halal sh'may d'koo-d'shah, b'rich hoo. layla (ool-ayla)* meen kol beer-chata v'she-rata, toosh-b'chata v'nay-ch'mata, da-a meran b'alma, ve'imru amen.



Y'hay sh'lama raba meen sh'maya v'cha-yim aleynu v'al kol Yisrael, ve'imru amen.



O'seh shalom beem-romav, hoo ya'ah-seh shalom aleynu v'al kol Yisrael, ve'imru amen.



[Magnified and sanctified be Your name, O God, throughout the world, which You have created according to Your will. May Your sovereignty be accepted in our own days, in our lives, and in the life of all the House of Israel, speedily and soon, and let us say, Amen.

May Your great name be blessed for ever and ever.

Exalted and honored, adored and acclaimed be Your name, O Holy One, blessed are You, whose glory transcends all praises, songs, and blessings voiced in the world, and let us say, Amen.

Grant abundant peace and life to us and to all Israel, and let us say, Amen.

May You who establish peace in the heavens, grant peace to us, to Israel, and to all the earth, and let us say, Amen.

May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.]

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--from the Jewish Kaddish for Mourners



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If we have died with Christ, we believe we shall also live with him.


--Romans 6



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From the earth did We


Create you, and into it


Shall We return you


And from it shall We


Bring you out once again.


--Surah Ta-Ha (Muslim)



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Saints of God, come to their aid;


Come to meet them, angels of the Lord.


Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,


and let perpetual light shine upon them.


--Roman Catholic prayers for the dead







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Mother of waters,


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