Prayer in Time of Bereavement

Lord, you are close to the broken-hearted.
Be with me now in my grief and loneliness.
Give me the courage to face my loss
and not to grieve in silence.
Be with me as I struggle
with many different and painful feelings.
Ease the hurt in my heart.
Encircle me in your love.
Help me to believe that one day
I will not longer have this deep sorrow.
May I find comfort in sharing my grief with
those who understand the strong bonds of love.
Stay with me, Lord, support me.
Help me to know that your power is
at work within me as I deal with my grief. Amen.