A time of Reflection for when you cannot attend a funeral

A time of reflection for when you are unable to attend a funeral

Sit quietly, with a candle or a cross and/or a picture of the person who has died.

Father of all mercies and God of all comfort,
you embrace us with the arms of love.
In the shadow of death your light shines on us.
We remember before you ….
May he/she rest with you in light and peace,
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Say, or read inwardly, the 23rd Psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me besides still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

Spend a little time remembering the person who has died and the memories that you will keep and treasure.

Into your keeping, O merciful God,
I commend my ……..  (name the relationship) ……. (name).
Receive him/her into the arms of your mercy and into the joy of everlasting peace.

Say the Lord’s Prayer. After a little more quiet, finish with this prayer:

Father of all,
We pray for those whom we love, but see no longer.
Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them;
and in your loving wisdom and almighty power
work in them the good purpose of your perfect will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heart(s) and mind(s) in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and with all those you love and care for, this day and forever more. Amen.