(for praying alone or with others who share your loss)
Preparation: Place a candle (unlit), a photo and a few personal mementos of the deceased on a prayer table. Before the wake, ask everyone to write a brief memory of the deceased.
“Christ, Be Our Light” (or similar hymn)
God, we come for comfort in our grief. The absence of [name] creates within our lives an emptiness that hurts. The darkness of grief clouds our vision and hides your light. Come to us. Hold us, heal us and strengthen our weak spirits with sure faith in the Resurrection.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Light the candle and share a brief history of the life of the deceased. Remember in silence for a few minutes.
You are invited to share your memory of [name].
When sharing has ended, the leader prays:
May the choirs of angels come to greet you.
May they speed you to paradise.
May the Lord enfold you in his mercy.
May you find eternal life.