When a Child Dies
Prayers
for Parents

to Be Still My Soul

When a Young Person Dies

Lord God, source and destiny of our lives, in Your loving providence You gave us (Name) to grow in wisdom, age, and grace. Now You have called him/her to Yourself. We grieve over the loss of one so young and struggle to understand Your purpose. Draw him/her to Yourself and give him/her full stature in Christ. May he/she stand with all the angels and saints, who know Your love and praise Your saving will. Amen.

For a Baptized Child

Lord of all gentleness, surround us with Your care and comfort us in our sorrow, for we grieve at the loss of this [little] child. As You washed (Name) in the waters of baptism and welcomed him/her into the life of heaven, so call us one day to be reunited with him/her and share forever in the joy of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For an Unbaptized Child

O Lord, Whose ways are beyong 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. Amen.

For a Stillborn Child

Lord God, ever caring and gentle, we commit to Your love this little one, quickened to life for so short a time. Enfold him/her in eternal life. We pray for his/her parents who are saddened by the loss of their child. Give them courage and help them in their pain and grief. May they all meet one day in the joy and peace of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Deceased Child

To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust this child, so precious in Your sight. Take him/her into Your arms and welcome him/her 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. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Son or Daughter

O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.

See specific prayers for:

For Those Who Mourn
Mother of the Faithful Departed
Holy Souls in Purgatory
All Souls Novena
Deceased Loved Ones



See also the beautiful Safely Home poem.

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05/30/2011

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