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“May God bless you and be with you, even when the darkness is overwhelming. Know
that we love you and are praying with you during this difficult time.”
Blessing the Memory of a Deceased Child
Grieving any loss takes time. The loss of a child, in particular, creates pain
and unanswered questions. When the day comes, grieving parents will be ready to talk
about their child’s life. A prayer to bless the child’s memory, such as this one,
then becomes appropriate:
“God of light, thank you for guiding us out of the darkness of pain and grief that
occurred after [insert name of lost child] died. Now that [insert name of child]
is gone, every single memory is precious and holy. Bless each memory we have of [insert
name of child], that he/she may live always in our hearts and minds. Amen”
This prayer could also include sharing specific memories of a deceased child
and celebrating his/her life with a subsequent dinner or party.
Giving Anger Over Lost Child to God Prayer
When a child dies, anger is a normal feeling for parents and other loved ones
to have as they wrestle with the loss. The child died too soon. Parents are supposed
to die first. Nothing makes sense anymore, and some may feel that God is to blame.
The following prayer invites God into the anger surrounding a child’s death, that
the grieving and outraged may find a caring ear with God in prayer:
“God of life and death, why did [insert child’s name] have to die? [Freely communicate
anger in any way desired, including crying, throwing pillows, or yelling at God].
I’m in hell, I miss [insert child’s name]so much. Be God and take my anger, that
I may — at least for a second — find peace, not with [insert child’s name] death,
but peace from my pain. Amen.”
The following prayer may be repeated as often as desired to work through anger
over a child’s death. If the anger is so intense that the grieving parent is concerned
about harming himself or others, therapy may be another option to find healing in
the death of a child.
Gravesite Blessing for a Deceased Child
Memorial Day or a child’s birthday prove yearly nightmares when the pain of
child’s death resurfaces yet again. With ritual and sharing, grieving parents can
keep a child’s memory alive, at the gravesite or anywhere, with a simple family sharing
“God of love, we honor [insert name of deceased child] here today and ask that he/she
lives on in our memories. [Encourage family members and others present to share specific
memories of the child, such as her favorite toy, her first word, or her mishaps in
life]. Bless us as we honor [insert child’s name] this day, that he/she may live
forever in You and in our memories. Amen.”
The death of a child is a nightmare no parents wants to face, yet many must.
For those grieving parents of faith, prayer can be one of the many resources at their
disposal to honor their lost children and keep their memories alive.
Sympathy Card Prayer for the Loss of a Child
Greeting cards communicate care, but when death happens, it’s hard to know
what to write or even say. The short prayer offers hope to the parents and other
family members grieving the loss of a child:
Simple prayers offer strength and comfort to parents and others grieving the untimely
death of a child.
Death is never easy, even when it’s expected.
Losing a child of any age is one of the hardest things any parent can endure. Simple
prayers — sympathy card prayer for a lost child, blessing the memory of a deceased
child, giving anger to God prayer, and Gravesite blessing for a lost child — invite
grieving parents and all who care for them to include God in their mourning for a