At the End of the Mourning Period

A Jewish gravestone
Lo yavo ode shimshaech  v'yir'achech lo yae'a'saef;  kee Adonai yiyeh lach l'or olam,  v'shalmu y'mei ev'laech.

Lo yavo ode shimshaech

v'yir'achech lo yae'a'saef;

kee Adonai yiyeh lach l'or olam,

v'shalmu y'mei ev'laech.

Your sun will not go down again,

your moon will not depart;

for Adonai will be your light for ever,

and your days of mourning ended.

[Isaiah 60:20]

God of spirit and flesh, we/I have turned to You for comfort in these days of grief. When the cup of sorrow passed into our/my hands, Your Presence was with us/me. Now we/I rise up to face the tasks of life once more. There will be moments of woe and loneliness. May the continued sense of Your Presence be for us/me a source of comfort, and let the pain of our/my loss subside. May the memory of our/my loved one be more and more a cause of joy and gratitude. Teach us/me, O God, to give thanks for all that was deathless in the life or our/my dear companion and friend, and which now is revealed to us/me more clearly in all its beauty.

For the ties of love that death cannot sever; for the friendship we shared along life's path; for those gifts of heart and mind which have now become a precious heritage--for all this and more, we are/I am grateful. Now help us/me, O compassionate God, not to dwell on sorrow and pain; help us/me, instead, to find within our hearts/my heart the courage to return to the tasks of life, and its joys. Amen.

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