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Concluding Prayer

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FuneralChaplain's note: I often use this prayer in place of a formal commital prayer.  This is particularly useful when the graveside service won't happen for some time, or if the graveside will be private, or if there will be no graveside service at all.

In this prayer, I tend to use the full name of the deceased in the first line, a nickname (if appropriate) in the second line, and the given first name in the third line.

I also tend to transition from this prayer into the Lord's Prayer with a sentence like: "And as He taught us, so now we pray together, saying: Our Father..."

Eternal God, you have shared with us the life of _______________.

Before he/she was ours, he/she was already yours.

For all that ___________ has given us to make us what we are, for that of him/her which lives and grows in each of us, and for his/her life that in your love will never end, we give you thanks.

As now we offer ___________ back into your arms, comfort us in our loneliness, strengthen us in our weakness, and give us courage to face the future unafraid.

Draw those of us who remain in this life closer to one another, make us faithful to serve one another, and give us to know that peace and joy which is eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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