Loving God, please comfort each grieving heart in the waves of pain that frequently engulf it.
Sustain it when dark mourning closes out all light of comfort and hope, and when prayer seems no longer possible.
Obtain the gentle understanding and warm companionship of others to nurture the stricken heart and lead it towards hope and new life. Sustain it with faith and bring it to true generosity of spirit even in its sorrow.
Loving God, have pity on that terrible grief, that chasm of loss, the emptiness that stretches before the bereaved as they embrace their dead in their desolate hearts.
Let them find hope in Your Son's resurrection even when their hearts are still frozen with grief.
Help widows and widowers to find satisfying structures and occupations, and enjoyable friendships for their daily lives.
Please grant them courage and comfort, and the strength to cope as they pass through anniversaries, holidays, birthdays and periods of particular meaning.
Thank You, loving God, who in the end, through Your mercy, will reunite them with their loved spouse