PRAYER FOR COMFORT AFTER DEATH OF AN ADULT CHILD
Please pray for comfort for my family and I. I just lost an adult child (21yrs old).
Pray for God's peace and consolation at this traumatic period. He was murdered.
Administrator Comment and Prayer:
My heart goes out to you in your horrible loss. There are really no words to offer that can make the pain go away. We will certainly join you in your prayer for comfort and peace during this time.
If you haven't already found the trauma healing section of this site, there may be some information there that is helpful to you. It is especially for this type of traumatic loss. The main thing is to know that a variety and mix of strong emotions are normal. There is also information that can help if you feel you have an trapped emotional energy inside. You find this section at Trauma Awareness and Healing.
Prayer for comfort that you might use:
This prayer is adapted for you from Joyce Rupp's book Praying Our Goodbyes: A Spiritual Companion Through Life's Losses and Sorrows.
"I take my son by the hand and lead him to you, God of love. Here is _________ (name). Accept my love and thanksgiving as I entrust him into your loving care. I want him to be free to be at home with you. I ask that you save a place for me there beside him and that you be my loving presence in all the lonely moments that await me. I ask that you fill me with motivation and energy in the days ahead when I feel like giving up; remind me often of my true homeland when I am caught up in the desolation of the journey. Help me to find joy in the people, events, and the beauty of nature that surround me.
Thank you for the gift of my son in this life. I want to believe that we will celebrate the treasure of our love again, when we are both in your presence forever. May this truth sustain me in the days to come. Take my sad and aching heart and comfort me. Comfort me, for I can only feel hollowness and emptiness God of the sorrowing, draw near! Amen."
My prayer for comfort and peace for you:
You have promised that you are near to the broken-hearted. We ask that Joy and her family might sense your peaceful presence with them in these days and weeks ahead.
May they find comfort as they remember the happy memories they shared with their son. May they find comfort and glimmers of hope even as they look to the future.
May they sense your arms of love holding them.