Prayer for the Dying

In a dark sky, the thin bright corona of an eclipse around the moon.

Spirit of Love, hold us in your embrace.
Offer comfort to [NAME] and all who love [her/him/them]
as [she/he/they] move[s] through [her/his/their] final days.
Help us look upon What Has Been with compassion
and remind us that every minute of life is one more than we’ve been promised.

Spirit of Hope, you may change form,
but you are always with us, waiting.
Renew our connection with you
that this threshold time may be meaningful and beautiful
even as we say our goodbyes.

Spirit of Transcendence,
that which moves within, among, and beyond us all,
point us to our part in the broader cycles of life and death.
Keep fresh before us our history as stardust
and our future as saplings.
What is remembered, lives.
May it be so. Amen.

About the Author

Lindasusan Ulrich

Rev. Lindasusan V. Ulrich (they/she) is a minister, writer, musician, and activist dedicated to radical inclusion, deep collaboration, and courageous kindness. They are the settled minister at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT and identify as a non-binary bisexual person of color.

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