50+ Prayer for the Dead, Deceased and those in Grief over a Loss

When we lose someone or a very close one, we experience sadness and loss, but some people turn to prayer for the dead. Many individuals wish to find strategies to feel better after the death of a loved one.

Prayer for the Dead

Saying a prayer after a death might assist individuals in sorrow find peace. By praying for someone you’ve lost, you might find consolation and ease your grief.

So, whether you wish to pray for a lost loved one, remember those who have died, or simply provide support to those who are suffering the loss of a loved one, attempt this is a prayer for the dead.

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50 HeartFelt Prayer for the Dead

  1. We thank You Lord for the passing of our brother/sister. We exalt Your name for the good life he/she lived. We pray oh Lord, that everlasting life be given unto him or her. And as he or she abides in Your garden, let Your angels touch what he/she cannot touch again. Father, be with his/her soul and may he/she rest in perfect eternal peace. Amen

  2. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  3. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Love always, in the name of Jesus. Amen

  4. Lord God above, we, Your humble children kneel before you today in reverence. We know You’re the greatest and You’re the king of all kings. So, we pray You uplift our heart and soul so that we may cast away our sorrows oh Lord. Give us the strength to surpass this situation. No one dies without Your say-so and thus, we rejoice over this triumph and we pray You be with our deceased brother/sister. We thank you for the answered prayer and in Jesus name, Amen.

  5. May the light of Jesus and the Angels bring Peace and Salvation to my father. May he rest in peace knowing that his soul belongs to GOD and GOD only. No demon, no devil, no principality, no evil spirit has access to his light and salvation. All is well with us DAD go home and rest. We love you and one day soon we will see you in HEAVEN!

  6. Heavenly Father bless ____ and have mercy on his eternal soul; forgive his trespasses; grant him peace for he was a faithful man who loved his fellow man; bless his departed soul and welcome him into the joy of everlasting brightness in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

  7. I commend you, my dear wife, mother and grandmother 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.

  8. 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. Amen

  9. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

  10. Our heavenly father, our family prays that You will find mercy on the soul of our brother and friend. We pray that with his unexpected death, his soul may find peace that he has lived a good life and did his best serving his family, workplace and loved ones while he was on earth. We also earnestly seek for the forgiveness of all his sins and all of his shortcomings. May he find assurance that his family will remain strong and steadfast in serving the Lord as he moves forward in his journey to eternal life with Christ, his Lord and Savior. Dear Father, take His soul into Your kingdom and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.

  11. Revelation 14:13: And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

  12. Dear Father, I thank You for taking care of my father/mother during their life on Earth. I thank You for giving them the opportunity to bring me into this world and I likewise thank You for the opportunity to have this prayer.  I rejoice over the life that he/she led while alive and for the good deeds he/she accomplished. Lord God, I thusly pray for the soul of my deceased mother/father and that You take care of him/her on his/her way to Your holy Kingdom. I thank you for listening to my prayers oh Lord, Amen.

  13. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:3

  14. As far as I remember, my brother/sister has been with me through all the ups and downs of life. We ate and played together, gave advice to each other and kept no secret from one another. Now, seeing as he/she is gone, I pray that he/she finds everlasting life and eternal happiness in Your powerful embrace. I pray You watch over his/her wife/husband/children/investments on Earth and let Your gaze shift not oh Lord. I thank You for this prayer session and in Jesus name, I pray. Amen. – Prayer for the dead. 

  15. Oh Lord, You are the ADONAI and the one everlasting God. You made the lands and the seas and You have complete dominion over life and death. It is also by Your will that we live and die and we pray for this dying soul. If it’s Your will today for him/her to stay in this world, we rejoice in the miracle You allowed us to witness. But if You need Your beloved son/daughter with you, we pray You welcome him/her into Your bountiful bosom where he/she will rejoice for all eternity. We exalt Your name oh Lord and we glorify Your deeds in our lives. Amen.

  16. As said in 1st John chapter 5—verse 15, You’re the omniscient God who we know hears all prayers. So, we pray for the soul(s) of our departed brother(s)/sister(s) that You, oh Lord may nourish and take care of him/her/them in Heaven. You encourage us to ask and that it shall be given to us and so, we’ve asked and we know our request has been given. We thank You for providing for the deceased when he/she was alive and for sheltering us—also to be present in this prayer. Amen.

  17. “Since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrew 2:14-15)

  18. “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

  19. “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:23) – Prayer for the dead. 

  20. “We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don’t want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: ‘This way, please.’ Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.” (St. Augustine)

  21. Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” (Helen Keller)  Prayer for the Dead

  22. “When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

  23. Holy Mary, pray for me. Saint Joseph, pray for me. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Prayer for the Dead In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.

  27. The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. R/. Amen. – Prayer for the dead. 

  28. Let us pray. All-powerful and merciful God, we commend to you N., your servant. In your mercy and love, blot out the sins he/she has committed through human weakness. In this world he/she has died: let him/her live with you forever. Through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

  29. V/. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord. R/. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her. V/. May he/she rest in peace. R/. Amen. V/. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R/. Amen.

  30. Into your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brother/sister N. In this life you embraced him/her with your tender love; deliver him/her now from every evil and bid him/her enter eternal rest.

  31. The old order has passed away: welcome him/her then into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. R/. Amen. – Prayer for the dead. 

  32. All may sign the forehead of the deceased with the Sign of the Cross. One member of the family says: Blessed are those who have died in the Lord; let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them.

  33. V/. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord. R/. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her. V/. May he/she rest in peace. R/. Amen. V/. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R/. Amen.

  34. All make the Sign of the Cross as one member of the family says: May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen.

  35. Lord God, you are attentive to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our faith strong through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

  36. Lord, N. is gone now from this earthly dwelling, and has left behind those who mourn his/her absence. Grant that we may hold his/her memory dear, never bitter for what we have lost nor in regret for the past, but always in hope of the eternal Kingdom where you will bring us together again. Through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

  37. May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen. – Prayer for the dead. 

  38. Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding, listen to the prayers of your faithful people: that those weighed down by grief at the loss of this little child may find reassurance in your infinite goodness. Through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

  39. Lord Jesus Christ, by your own three days in the tomb, you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you and so made the grave a sign of hope that promises resurrection even as it claims our mortal bodies.

  40. Grant that our brother/sister, N., may sleep here in peace until you awaken him/her to glory, for you are the resurrection and the life. Then he/she will see you face to face and in your light will see light and know the splendor of God, for you live and reign forever and ever. R/. Amen.

  41. God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, send your holy Angel to watch over this grave. Through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

  42. What will separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom 8:35)

  43. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8)

  44. We shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thes 4:17)

  45. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. (Ps 25:1) – Prayer for the dead. 

  46. Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. (Ps 23:4)

  47. Into your hands, I commend my spirit. (Ps 31:6a) – Prayer for the dead. 

  48. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Lk 23:42)

  49. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (Acts 7:59)

  50. 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.

Scripture Readings

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We hope that these prayers for the deceased have helped you find some peace after losing someone close to you. Prayer enables us to recover and utilize our faith to help us get through the extremely painful moments that come with losing someone. Hopefully, these prayers will have helped.

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