Posts tagged ‘death’

On the Day of My Death

In recent weeks, several individuals have asked for prayers for the experience dying. This is one of two new prayers in response to those requests. It’s…

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After a Sudden Death

This is a prayer of grief and loss after the sudden death of a dear one. See also: “Angel of Rest,” “Birthday No More” and “Hard…

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Travel after an Unexpected Death

This is a prayer to be said upon traveling to attend a funeral after an unexpected death. The blank line is for inserting the name of the…

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Death of a Horrible Relative

When family members die, we strive to remember the best moments of their lives. We must also recognize the complexity of mourning when a person has…

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For the People of Italy (Prayer after the Earthquake)

Here are two prayers after an earthquake struck Italy today: one for the people and one for first responders. They were originally written days after an earthquake hit Haiti in…

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Blessings Now a River: A Meditation on Death

This is a difficult meditation on facing death. It’s blunt yet loving in its message, but not necessarily for someone who’s suffered a recent loss. Then…

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Birthday, No More

Here’s a prayer to be said on the birthday of a deceased loved one. My sense of sorrow and loss return on the birth dates of my dad Jack…

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Hard Mournings

This is a prayer about the rhythm of mourning. Those first days – perhaps months or more – are often reminders of sorrow, emptiness and loneliness,…

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Angel of Rest

Here’s a short meditation on death, attempting to think differently about the classic image of the Angel of Death. Angel of Rest Then came The Angel…

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