Non-Denominational Prayers


After Glow

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave When life is done.



A Little Step Away

To close the eye, to fall asleep, to draw a labored breath, to find release from daily cares in what we know as deathĖ Is this the crowning of life, the aim or end thereof? The totaled sum of consciousness, the ripened fruit of love? It cannot be, for works of God are wrought for nobler ends, and those away continue on in the hearts of kin and friends. It cannot be, for they live on a little step away, the soul, the everlasting life, has found a better day.


Another Leaf

Another leaf has fallen,
another soul has gone.
But still we have Godís promises,
in every robinís song.
For he is in His heaven,
and though He takes away,
He always leaves to mortals,
the bright sunís kindly ray.
He leaves the fragrant blossoms,
and lovely forest, green.
And gives us new found comfort,
when we on Him will lean.


Beautiful Memories

A bouquet of beautiful memories,
Sprayed with a million tears,
Wishing God could have
spared you,
If just for a few more years.
It does not take a special day,
For us to think of you,
Each Mass we hear,
Each prayer we say,
Is offered up for you.
We cannot bring the old days back,
When we were all together,
Our family chain is broken now,
But memories live for ever.


Broken Chain

Little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.


Come, Ye Disconsolate

Come, ye disconsolate, wherever you languish,
Come, at God's altar fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish--
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
Hope, when all others die, fadeless and pure,
Here speaks the Comforter, in Godís name saying--
"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure."
Go, ask the infidel, what boon he brings us
What charm for aching hearts He can reveal,
Sweet as that heavenly promise Hope sings us--
"Earth has no sorrow that God cannot heal."


The Day God Took You Home

In tears we saw you sinking,
And watched you pass away.
Our hearts were almost broken,
We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping,
So peaceful, free from pain,
How could we wish you back with us,
To suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.


Do Not Cry

Do not cry, I have gone to God. I will wait for
you in Heaven where the family will be gathered
and the tears will be dried. You whom I loved so
much on earth pray for me, live always in a manner
so that we may be together in Heaven. Rejoice
with me who leave this earth of sorrow to go and
prepare a peaceful place for you. Death has
separated us, but the memory and the prayers will
unite us again. Heart of Jesus be my love...
Heart of Mary be my salvation. Goodbye, my
loved ones, see you all in Heaven.


Do Not Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


Fill Not Your Heart with Sorrow

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. Iíve only gone to rest for a while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am but as I used to be. Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand in your hearts, Iíve only gone to rest a while. As long as I have the love of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.


Finally Home

Just think of stepping on shoreóand finding it heaven!
Of touching a handóand finding it Godís!
Of breathing new airóand finding it celestial!
Of waking up in gloryóand finding it home!


Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints, and he realized that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
Bothered about this, he questioned the Lord. ďLord, you said that once I decided to follow you, youíd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.Ē
The Lord replied, ďMy son, My precious child, I love you, and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.Ē


Godís Garden

God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
Godís garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine".
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didnít go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.


Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel from heaven so bright, watching beside me to lead me aright, fold thy wings round me, and guard me with love, softly sing songs to me of heaven above. Amen.


I am Home in Heaven

I am home in Heaven, dear ones:
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this Everlasting Light.
All the pain and grief are over!
Every restless yearning past;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely Home in Heaven at last.
Dear one, do not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earthís shadows,
Pray to trust Our Fatherís Will.
When your work is completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh! the rapture of that meeting!
Oh, the joy to see you come.


I Said a Prayer For You Today

I said a prayer for you today and know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word! I didnít ask for wealth of fame (I knew you wouldnít mind). I asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind! I asked that Heíd be near you at the start of each new day; to grant your health and blessings and
friends to share your way! I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small. But it was for His loving care
I prayed for the most of all!


Iím Free

Donít grieve for me, for now Iím free;
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
If my parting has left a void;
Then fill it with remembered joy.
My lifeís been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times,
a loved oneís touch.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Donít lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now, God set me free.


A Little Prayer

When youíre alone with Jesus
And he sweetly smiles on thee,
Will you gently whisper to Him
A little prayer for me?
And when Iím alone with Jesus
And all else is hid from view,
Iíll gently drop into His Sacred Heart
A little prayer for you.


The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

At the time of Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose caused the tree great distress and grief.  Jesus observed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering, made the tree this promise.
"Never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted.  Its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross with the print of the nails in each petal. In the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember that it was upon a dogwood tree that I was crucified.  Therefore this tree shall not be destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross.Ē


Miss Me, But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little, but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we
once shared,
Miss me but let me go.
For this journey we all must take,
and each must go alone.
Itís all part of the Master plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing
good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.


O Gentlest Heart

O gentlest heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls, have mercy on the soul of thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O Merciful Saviour, send Thy Angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.  May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.


One Little Rose

I would rather have a little rose
From the garden of a friend,
Than have the choicest flowers
When my stay on earth shall end.
I would rather have the kindest words
And a smile that I can see,
Than flattery when my heart is still
And this life ceased to be.
I would rather have a loving smile
From the friends I know are true,
Than tears shed around my casket
When the world I bid adieu.


Passing Beyond Sight

Those we love must someday pass
beyond our present sight...
Must leave us and the world we know
without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle
their lovely light will surely shine
To brighten up another place
more perfect... more divine.
And in the realm of Heaven
where they shine so warm
and bright.
Our loved ones live forevermore
in God ís eternal light.


Poem of Life

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in whatís to be,
A resting place along the road
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn
some things,
But never meant to stay.
Our destination is a place
far greater than we know,
For some, the journeyís quicker,
For some the journeyís slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
Weíll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.


Prayer for all the Faithful Departed

O God,
The Creator and Redeemer
Of all the Faithful,
Grant to the Souls
Of Thy Servants departed
The remission of all their sins;
That though pious supplications
They may obtain the pardon
Which they have always desired
Who livest and reignest
World without end. Amen.


Prayer for Your Kingdom

God, Your days are without end,
Your mercies beyond counting.
Help us always to remember that
life is short and the day of our death
is known to you alone.
May your Holy Spirit lead us to live
in holiness and justice all our days.
Then, after serving you in the
fellowship of Your church, with
strong faith, consoling hope, and
perfect love for all, may we joyfully
come to Your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


The Precious Gift

One gift, above all others God
gives to us to treasure.
One that knows no time, no place
and one gold cannot measure.
The precious, poignant, tender
gift of memory--
that will keep our dear ones
ever in our hearts although
God gives them sleep.
It brings back long remembered
things a song, a word, a smile and
our world's a better place --
because we had them for awhile!


Remembrance

You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that heíll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he has left. Your heart can be empty because you canít see him, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that heís gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what heíd want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


Resurrection Prayer

Most merciful Father, we commend our departed into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that our departed will rise again on the Last Day with all who have died in Christ. We thank you for all the good things you have given during our departedís earthly life.  O Father, in your great mercy, accept our prayer that the Gates of Paradise may be opened for your servant. In our turn, may we too be comforted by the words of faith until we greet Christ in glory and are united with you and our departed. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


The Rose of Sharon

And He was called
The Rose of Sharon.
This son, God gave us all.
And life like a rose,
Starts just a bud.
And toward its end,
The petals fall.


If Roses Grow in Heaven

If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away.


Safely Home

I am home in heaven, dear ones; oh, so happy and so bright! There is a perfect joy and beauty in the everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last. There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idly stand, do it now, while life remainethĖ you shall rest in Godís own land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home; oh, the rapture of that meeting oh, the joy to see you come!


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.


Should You Go First

Should you go first and I remain,
to walk the road alone,
Iíll live in memories garden, dear,
with happy days weíve known.
In spring Iíll wait for roses red,
when faded, the lilacs blue.
In early fall when brown leaves fall,
Iíll catch a glimpse of you.
Iíll hear your voice, Iíll see your
smile, though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain,
one thing Iíll have you do:
Walk slowly down that long, long
path, for soon Iíll follow you.
I want to know each step you take,
So I may take the same.
For someday down that lonely road,
youíll hear me call your name.


Sudden Parting

The blow was great, the shock severe,
We little thought the end was near.
And only those who have lost can tell
The pain of parting without farewell.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
A part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
Nothing can ever take away,
The love a heart holds dear.
Fond memories linger every day,
Remembrance keeps him [her] near.


Sunny Skies

All sunny skies would
be too bright,
All morning hours mean
too much light,
All laughing days too
gay a strain;
There must be clouds,
and night, and rain,
And shut-in days, to
make us see the
beauty of life's tapestry.


There Comes a Time

There comes a time for all of us
when we must say good-bye,
But faith and hope and love
and trust can never, never die.
Although the curtain falls at last
is that a cause to grieve?
The futureís fairer than the past
if only we believe
And trust in Godís eternal care--
So when the Master calls
letís say that life is still more fair
although the curtain falls.


To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me. Let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustnít tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had so many beautiful years. I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I traveled on alone. So
grieve a while for me, if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life hoes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say, ďWelcome home..."


Treasured Seasons

For everything there is an
appointed season, and a time
for everything under heaven-
A time for sharing, a time for
caring. A time for loving, a time
for giving. A time for remembering,
a time for parting. You have made
everything beautiful in its time for
everything you do remains forever.


Turn Again to Life

If I should die and leave you here awhile,
Be not like others, sore and undone,
Who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.
For my sake - turn again to life and smile
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete those dear unfinished tasks of mine
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.


Until We Meet

How blessed is the tie that binds
Our hearts in lasting love,
The comradeship and kindred minds
Is like to that above,
So when at last we have to part
In sorrow and in pain,
We know we still are joined in heart
Until we meet again.


Walk in Sunshine

May you always walk in sunshine and God's love around you flow,
for the happiness you gave us, no one will ever know.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone,
a part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
A million times we've needed you.
A million times we've cried.
If love could only have saved you.
You never would have died.
Amen


We Remember You

At the rising of the sun, and its going down,
we remember you.
At the blowing of the wind, and in the chill of winter,
we remember you.
At the opening of the buds, and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember you.
At the blueness of the skies, and in the warmth of summer,
we remember you.
At the rustling of the leaves, and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember you.
At the beginning of the year, and when it ends,
we remember you.
As long as we live,  you shall live too will;
for you are now a part of us, as we remember you.


We Will Remember You

You toiled so hard for those you loved.
You said goodbye to none,
Your spirit flew before we knew,
Your work on earth was done.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face:
No one can fill your vacant place.
Your life was love and labor.
Your love for your family true.
You did the best for all of us.
We will always remember you.


When I Must Leave You

When I must leave you for a little while -
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years.
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!


Your Gentle Face

Your gentle face and patient smile.
With sadness we recall
You had a kindly word for each
And died beloved by all.
The voice is mute and stilled the heart
That loved us well and true.
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
From one so good as you.
You are not forgotten loved one
Nor will you ever be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
As time goes by we miss you more,
Your loving smile, your gentle face
No one can fill your vacant place.





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