Prayers for those unable to attend a funeral

We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,`

who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.

We join with those who are now

remembering before God our brother/sister N;

to give thanks for his/her life;

to commend him/her to God our merciful redeemer and judge;

to commit his/her body to be buried/cremated,

and to comfort one another in our grief.


God of all consolation,

your Son Jesus Christ was moved to tears

at the grave of Lazarus his friend.

Look with compassion on your children in their loss;

give to troubled hearts the light of hope

and strengthen in us the gift of faith,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Almighty God,

you judge us with infinite mercy and justice

and love everything you have made.

In your mercy

turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,

and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;

through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 


Allow a period of quiet for thoughts, memories or reflections.


Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’

John 6.35-40


Merciful Father and Lord of all life,

we praise you that we are made in your image

and reflect your truth and light.

We thank you for the life of your child N,

for the love he/she received from you

and showed among us.

Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise

to all your servants, living and departed,

that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ.

And we ask that in due time

we may share with our brother/sister that clearer vision,

when we shall see your face in the same Christ our Lord.



Lord Jesus Christ,

you comforted your disciples when you were going to die:

now set our troubled hearts at rest

and banish our fears.

You are the way to the Father:

help us to follow you.

You are the truth:

bring us to know you.

You are the life:

give us that life,

to live with you now and for ever.


Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ said,

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid’,

take away our fear of death;

bring us to the place he has gone to prepare for us;

and give us his peace for ever.



God our creator and redeemer,

by your power Christ conquered death

and entered into glory.

Confident of his victory

and claiming his promises,

we entrust N to your mercy

in the name of Jesus our Lord,

who died and is alive

and reigns with you,

now and for ever.



The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.


God will show us the path of life;

in his presence is the fullness of joy:

and at his right hand

there is pleasure for evermore.