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Words of Comfort and Hope

Words of Comfort and Hope

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Meditations Before Kaddish

When I die give what’s left of me away
To children and old men that want to die.
And if you need to cry,
Cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
And give them what you need to give me.
I want to leave you something,
Something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,
And if you cannot give me away,
At least let me live in your eyes and not in your mind.
You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,
And by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love, doesn’t die, people do.
So when, all that’s left of me is love,
Give me away.
(A Jewish prayer prayed in the daily synagogue ritual and by mourners at public services after the death of close relative.)



“I lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. The Lord is your keeper. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.”
Psalm 121



“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31



Catholic Prayers


Our Father
Our 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. But deliver us from evil. Amen.



God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.
Amen.



Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.




Jewish Prayer

O God, full of compassion, thou who dwells on High grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Your presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness on the heavens, unto the soul of our loved one, who has gone to eternity, and in whose memory charity is offered. May his/her repose be in paradise. May the Lord of mercy bring him/her under cover of His wings forever, and may his/her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life. May the Lord be his/her possession, and may he/she rest in peace. Amen.



Mourner’s Kaddish

May His great name be exalted and sanctified
In the world that He created as He willed.
May He give reign to His Kingship in your life time and in your days,
And in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,
Swiftly and soon.
Now say: Amen.
May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled
Mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One.
Blessed is He
Beyond any blessing and song,
Praise and consolation that are uttered in the world.
Now say: Amen.
May there be abundant peace from Heaven,
And life upon us and upon all Israel.
Now say: Amen.
He who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace
Upon us and upon all Israel.
Now say: Amen

Buddhist Prayer

By the power and the truth of this practice, may all beings have happiness, and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow, and the causes of sorrow,
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless,
And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.



Islamic Prayer

O Lord, grant us to love Thee; grant that we may love those that love Thee; grant that we may do the deeds that win Thy love. Make the love of Thee be dearer to us than ourselves, than our families, than wealth, and even than cool water.
Mohammed 570-632



Native American Prayer

Oh Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear me!
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things that you have made,
And my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know the things
That you have taught your children—
The lessons that you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be
able to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes, so that
When life fades as the faded sunset
My spirit will come to you without shame.
John Yellow Lark



The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
He makes we lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still water;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death;
I fear no evil; for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me
In the presence of my enemies,
Thou anointest 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 forever.
Psalm 23



Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
John 11:25-26



“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27



“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10



“Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery.”
-F. Alexander Magoun



“To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.”
-Erich From



The Blessing
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26



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