Prayers for the dying



Heavenly Father, you have not made us for darkness and death, but for life with you for ever.

Without you we have nothing to hope for;

with you we have nothing to fear.

Speak to us now your words of eternal life.

Lift us from anxiety and guilt to the light and peace of your presence,

as we take our leave of N whom we have loved.



God our Father,

we thank you that you have made each of us in your own image,

and given us gifts and talents with which to serve you.

We thank you for N,

for the years we shared with him/her,

the good we saw in him/her,

the love we received from him/her.

Now give us strength and courage to leave him/her in your care,

confident in your promise of eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Gracious God, nothing in death or life, in the world as it is or the world as it shall be, nothing in creation can separate us from your love. We commend N into your loving care. Enfold him/her in the arms of your mercy, and take him/her gently to yourself. Bless him/her in his/her dying and in his/her rising again in you; bless too those whose hearts are filled with sadness now.


For those who mourn [one or more of the following:]

[1] O God, who brought us to birth, and in whose arms we die,

in our grief and shock contain and comfort us;

embrace us with your love,

give us hope in our confusion

and grace to let go into new life

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


[2]  Most merciful God,

whose wisdom is beyond our understanding,

surround the family of N with your love,

that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss,

but have confidence in your goodness

and strength to meet the days to come. Amen.


[3]  Out of the darkness of our grief, we cry to you, O Lord.

You gave him/her to us, and you have taken him/her away.

Turn to us, Lord, and have pity on us,

and give us the comfort that you alone can give,

you who are light in our darkness. Amen.


[4]  Lord our God, you give and you take away.

You blessed us through the gift of N,

who is now taken from us and whose loss we mourn.

Help us, through our tears and pain,

to glimpse your hand at work to bring blessing out of grief.

To you be glory for ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil

for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory

For ever and ever, Amen.


Conclusion and blessing

Teach us, Lord, to number our days;

to see the span of our life in the light of eternity.

Reveal your splendour to us.

Give us the wisdom and grace to know your love

and to rejoice in your gift of forgiveness and life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


May God give you his comfort and his peace,

his light and his joy, in this world and the next;

and the blessing of God almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

[Or: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,]

be upon you and remain with you always.