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Prayer for loss of father

This page offers prayers for those who have recently experienced the death of a loved parent, with a prayer for the loss of their father, and a prayer poem for someone who has died suddenly. There is also a moving film suitable for showing at funeral based on an ancient Celtic blessing, and a prayer for comfort for those who are in grief and mourning.

Prayer for loss of my father

(a prayer for those in great grief over the death of their father)

Abba Father,

May your love hold me together as I grieve for my own father. It is such a great loss to me, such a painful and empty place to be.

Help me to entrust him to your Kingdom, may I have eternal vision that is full of promise. Please help me to remember good times with great thankfulness and hold each memory deep in my heart.

You are my heavenly Father and you are his heavenly Father, and you love him as I love him. Help my heart to rest in this eternal love.


(a prayer of comfort from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Promise of comfort

A famous promise from the bible about God's healing and restoration:-
bible prayer for comfort

Prayer for someone who died suddenly

(a prayer for the family of those mourning unexpected loss)

Time has stopped. How can it possibly carry on when the sudden loss of my loved one has overcome me?
Darkness fell. Where is the light they brought each day and the warmth of their embrace?
Joy buried. My heavy heart feels empty, lonely, frozen by the fragility of life taken.

And yet I still come to you Lord in this timeless, dark and frozen place where my heart resides.

Time stopped when you took your final cry, your last breath of great suffering.
Darkness fell, as your Father had to turn, to wait, to suffer a separation from you his beloved son.
Joy buried with you in the tomb, hopeless, finished cold.

And yet I know that you arose from that heartless, lonely and frozen place. You rose to life and extinguished the power of death. Thank you that my loved one has arisen with you into heavens glorious light. Thank you that right now they are alive in this place of incomparable beauty and eternal love.

Lord Jesus, in you I trust.


(a prayer of mourning from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

May the road rise up to meet you

A beautiful song based on an ancient Irish blessing, suitable for a funeral service:-

Comfort me with Your love O God

Comfort me with Your love O God
Wrap me up in Your strong embrace
Shelter me from the storm O Lord
Envelop me in Your tender care

By day I pour out my heartbreak to You
By night I give you my racing thoughts

In You I take refuge
In You I will not be afraid
For you hold me strong, You hold me safe

Calm my fearful heart O God
Still my anxious mind O Lord

For all my life is found in You
All my being is given to You
All my hope begins in You

(a modern prayer about Gods comfort from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer for inner peace

(ancient Celtic prayer for deep peace)

Deep peace of the running waves to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the shades of night to you.
Moon and stars always giving light to you.