Eternal God, let your presence rest upon us as we give thanks for their life.
We thank you for the days of life that you gave to them.
May their memory live long among us and be a source of strength for us.
In the midst of the loss we feel as we experience the death of one whom we love, keep us in touch also with the memories which can sustain us. May we find the courage to face the changes which life presents to us as we go on from here.
Give to those who most deeply feel this loss the comfort of your presence, and enable each of us to minister to those who mourn.