we thank you for those we loved so much but see no longer.
In time the aching pain of their loss will lessen, but we want the
memories to live on so that they are still real to us. May their example
and their love for us be transformed into positive good in our lives
and actions. Keep us firm in the hope that we shall all be reunited
with you in Heaven.
Mary Rose de Lisle
our God, from whom neither life nor death can separate those who trust
in thy love, and whose love holds in its embrace thy children
in this world and the next; so unite us to thyself that in fellowship
with thee we may always be united to our loved ones whether here or
there; give us courage, constancy and hope; through him who died and
was buried and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.
give back, to you, O God, those whom you gave to us. You
did not lose them when you gave them to us, and we do not lose them
by their return to you. Your dear Son has taught us that life is eternal
and love cannot die. So death is only an horizon, and an horizon is
only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly, and
draw us closer to you that we may know that we are nearer to our loved
ones, who are with you. You have told us that that you are preparing
a place for us: prepare us also for that happy place, that where you
are we may also be always, O dear Lord of life and death.
William Penn, 1644-1718
us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven,
to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall
be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise or silence,
but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations
of thy glory and dominion world without end.