Saturday, January 24, 2009

Prayers, Poems, For Bereavement

As most of you who have been reading this blog know, Jeri Suzanne Horne a.k.a. Liquid illuzion passed away. I thought that I'd post a few prayers. Click on the first few words of the pray for the links.There are also more prayers, poems, and also links about grief at the bottom.

(Poem) Death is nothing at all -

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity.
[There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident?]
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well.
(Canon Henry Scott Holland of St. Paul's Cathedral)

Prayers For Bereavement
O merciful Father, who taught us in your holy Word that you would not willingly affict us, look with pity upon the sorrows of (name) for whom our prayers are offered. Remember her/him, O Lord, in mercy, nourish her/his soul with patience, comfort her/him with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon her/him, and give her/him peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend
and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us
lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage
lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace
lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.

The Lord has given.
The Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.



WE GIVE THEM back to you, dear Lord, who gave them to us.
Yet as you do not lose them in giving, so we have not lost them by their return.
Not as the world gives do you give, O Lover of souls. What you gave you do not take away; for what is ours is ours always, if we are yours. And life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us, strong Son of God, that we may see farther.
Cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly.
Draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves nearer to them.
And while you are preparing a place for us, prepare us for that happy place, that
where they are and you are, we too may be; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Kaddish -The prayer extolling God that is said by mourners. (Jewish)

Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.



The season of mourning,
like spring, summer,
fall and winter,
will also pass.

- Molly Fumia

The Lord's Prayer click here
The Rosary click here

Bereavement Sites: Prayers, Poems & Coping with Grief -

In Loving Memory with thanksgiving


Self-Healing Expressions- Sympathy Poems and Quotes

Mayo Clinic- Survivors of suicide: Healing after a loved one's suicide

Coping with Grief and Loss:

Coping with Grief

For more posts about Jeri Suzanne Horne, go to the cloud tag below and click on "LIQUID ILLUZION"


twofinches said...

I particularily like the first prayer/poem. I copied it to word. This may sound morose, but my parents are in their mid eighties and I often think of what we will say/do/sing at their funerals. This poem may very well become part of that journey.

It sounds like Liquids death has affecting you in a profound way. But writing things out is a healing of sorts. Be at peace.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi twofinches,

I like that poem too. I have relatives in their 80's. Two are like second mothers to me. I guess I should figure out how to cope better with death soon, or I could be in for a real unpleasant ride.

I've been meaning to write this for awhile. I haven't been praying for her family like I should so it's partly for my use too.

Leesa said...

Hi Awake,

Thanks for posting these beautiful prayers. When something like this happens it really pulls at the heart and evokes so many different emotions. I use prayer as comfort and these poems do provide such comfort that it's really a blessing to have them. Losing someone leaves such a void... My thoughts to you and all who knew and loved Suzanne. Every time to read another of her beautiful tributes, the tears start rolling freely down my cheeks. I never new her and didn't find her blog until after her passing, yet my heart aches and is filled with sadness over the loss of this beautiful, spiritual and gifted woman. All my thoughts and prayers to you, her fellow bloggers and of course, her dear family and friends. I know how much she is missed by all of you.

LadyBanana said...

The first one you posted there was read at my Grandad's funeral, was the first time I had heard it... It still gives me shivers...

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Leesa,


I'm glad that you like the poems & prayers. Thank you for your kind words.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi LadyBanana,

I liked that one a lot. I read many poems & prayers and tried to pick out the best. There aren't as many websites concerning bereavement, and grief as I thought. I thought with a few wars going on that there would be more.

Amias said...

Beautiful prayers ... nice tribute.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Amias,

I'm glad that you liked them. I might be finished with the "official" tributes now. But I will still post things on my blog occasionally.

rdl said...

I like the 1st and last the best.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi rdl,


It's nice of you to stop by. I recognize you from Liquid's blog. Glad you like those poems. ;)

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