Bereavement prayers

The way through grief

Almighty God,
You judge us with infinite mercy and justice
and love everything you have made.
In your mercy,
turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,

Thank you

Father in heaven,
we thank you because you made us in your image
and gave us gifts in mind, body and spirit.
We thank you now for (the person's name)
and what he/she meant to us.
As we honour his/her memory,
make us more aware that you are the one
from whom comes every perfect gift,
including the gift of eternal life,
through Jesus Christ,

When it’s all too much

Gracious God,
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
help us one step at a time and stay close to us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.