10 Funeral Prayers And Blessings
While the Lord’s Prayer is frequently included in Christian funeral services, there are other prayers and blessings that are appropriate for a non-religious funeral or celebration of life. These 10 blessings and prayers to say at a funeral may inspire you to make some special offerings.
Funeral blessing for a loved one
We were heartbroken to lose you, but you did not go alone; may you always walk in sunshine, and God’s blessings flow around you; no one will ever know the joy you brought us. We needed you a million times, and we cried a million times.
A Celtic death blessing by John O’Donohue
May you know in your heart that there is no need to be afraid; may you be given all the blessings and shelter you require when the time comes; and may you live compassionately and creatively, transfiguring everything that is negative within and around you.
An Apache grief blessing
May the rain wash away your worries and cleanse the hurt in your heart; may the moon gently restore you by light bathing you in the glow of restful sleep; and may you walk gently through the world, always remembering your loved one.
Non-religious funeral blessing
Pass the gates, enter the dark without fear, return to the womb of life. Be free, be strong, be proud of who you have been, and know that you will be mourned and missed. Move beyond form, flowing like water, feeding on sunlight and moonlight, radiant as the stars in the night sky.
A prayer for a grieving friend
Lord, fill the void and emptiness with your presence, as (friend’s name) struggles in the darkness of grief. May he/she find joy in the memories, hope in your love, and peace in the pain.
Christian prayer after the death of a loved one
My heart is broken, and I need you to give me strength, guide me, and sustain me as I pour out my grief to you in the hopes that my suffering will end and your love will triumph. I feel like my entire life has lost its meaning, and your love will conquer. I feel like my entire life has lost its meaning, and my heart is broken. I need you to give me strength, guide me, and sustain me.
Prayer for the loss of a child
Assure us that (child’s name) is safe in your eternal love; help us understand our grief and strengthen us with hope; and we pray that we will be able to overcome our sadness, knowing that (baby’s) is in a better place with you.
An Irish blessing
May the wind always be at your back, may the rains fall on your fields, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand, and may God give you all that is good and keep you strong until we meet again – Dylan Thomas
What prayer do you say at a funeral?
u201cOur 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,u201d says the Lord.
What’s a good scripture for a funeral?
Psalm 39:4 says, “O Lord, show me my end and the measure of my days; show me how fleeting I am!” Psalm 48:14 says, “For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 116:15 says, “The death of his saints is precious in the sight of the Lord.”
How do you pray for someone who has died?
May you find rest in the arms of the Lord, who formed you from the dust of the earth; may holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints greet you now that you have passed from this life; may Christ, who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace; may Christ, who died for you, admit you into his paradise garden.
What is the best prayer for the dead?
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace through God’s mercy. Amen.
What should you not say at a funeral?
When it comes to funerals, there are seven things you should never say.
- U201cIt Could Be Worseu201d
- U201cIt Was Destinyu201d
- U201cEverything Happens for a Reasonu201d
- U201cAt Least…u201d
- U201cYou’re Still Youngu201d
- U201cIt’s Better…u201d
What does Psalm 31 say?
I have taken refuge in you, O LORD; do not put me to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, lead and guide me for the sake of your name.
How do you read Psalm 23 at a funeral?
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.
Where does the soul go after death Bible verse?
When a person dies, Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.” In other words, when a person dies, his or her spirit returns to God, the body returns to dust, and the person’s soul no longer exists.
What is the last prayer before death?
The last rites, also known as the Commendation of the Dying in Christianity, are the final prayers and blessings given to a member of the faith, as soon as possible before death, to those who are awaiting execution, mortally injured, or terminally ill.
Why is 40 days after death?
The soul completes many obstacles known as the aerial toll houses, passes through the aerial realm, which is home to evil spirits, and finds its place in the afterlife at the end of the 40 days, according to Eastern Orthodox religions.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What is the Dua for a dead person?
Second Dua for the Deceased: Meaning: O Allah, forgive [name of the person] and raise his station among the guided; send him along the path of those who have gone before him, and forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds; enlarge for him his grave and shine light upon him in it.
Can you pray for someone to go to heaven?
Do Christians believe that praying on behalf of the deceased can help them enter heaven? Not exactly. All Christians believe that only God can decide whether a person belongs in heaven or hell, and that no amount of intercession can persuade God to change His mind. However, post-mortem praying has other benefits.
What is a good Bible verse for someone who lost a loved one?
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’