When We Are Away from Our Loved Ones Who Are Dying…

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.

Keeping a Vigil.

It may not be possible to be with our loved ones when they are dying. Physical distance, circumstances, and sadly due to this present plague – many people are dying without loved ones at their side.

There are no words to express the agony of knowing that we cannot be present with our family members at the end of life. There is a longing to be close, to stay near, to hold hands, to be present and say our sacred farewells.

Our prayers at home can carry us through this separation – since God hears the agony in our hearts…

Keeping a vigil at home – creating a special place with a photograph of our loved one, lighting a candle, and praying as a family can be a consolation to one another and bring spiritual comfort. Love speaks in the silence of our souls and in the souls of those that we hold most dear. Though we are physical separated we stay close in our thoughts, with our prayers, and in the vigil of love within our hearts.

When my father was dying a friend suggested I pray to St. Therese for courage. At the time I honestly did not have much knowledge about her but on leaving Church one morning I found a holy card amongst the free booklets. I placed the card at my bedside and prayed to this “lady with the roses” throughout this time…. there is more to this story but for now I’ll stop so as not to digress from the topic at hand. Suffice to say my prayers not only comforted me they carried me…

Prayers are like incense they fragrance and comfort the soul…

Psalm 141:2

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice

Prayers for the Dying

A Prayer of Commendation

I commend you, my dear [name] to almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator. 

May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.

May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. 

May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace. 

May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise. 

May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock. 

May he forgive all your sins, and set you among those he has chosen. 

May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God, forever.

A Prayer at the Time of Death

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the almighty Father,
who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
who was poured out upon you,
go forth, faithful Christian,
May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the angels and saints.

Prayer following Death
Eternal rest, grant unto him (her) O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him (her).
May he (she) rest in peace (Amen) May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

To be continued…