Prayer For Sudden Death

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. You said, I am the resurrection and the life, and this morning we believe this with all our hearts. And, Lord, you know far more than we do what death is all about. So we come to you in our pain and in our sadness. Draw near, O Lord, for we desperately need your help.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us. Have mercy on our friends. Have mercy on the whole family. You have promised to be near to the broken-hearted. Come near, O Lord, come near because we need you so much. Grant the wisdom they need to think clearly about the decisions that must be made this morning. Help them to rest in you. We thank you that heaven is a real place and that when you said, Today you will be with me in paradise, you were speaking to all of us who believe in you. Last night those words came true for __________. Thank you that he is finally home, safe at last, where no pain or sickness or sadness can touch him any longer.
We are the ones in need this morning. Help us because we are your children. Help us so that our faith will not fail. Help us so that we may somehow bring glory to you.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of (Name),
show us the immense power of Your goodness
and strengthen our belief
that he/she has entered into Your Presence.


O Lord God, we come to You at this time of great shock and grief and ask that in Your grace, You would shed Your peace and comfort to all who are mourning this death that was so sudden and so very unexpected.

Lighten our darkness O Lord we pray, and comfort our sorrowing hearts. Pour Your peace that passes all understanding into the hearts of all that are grieving and shower the assurance of Your love on all, at this time of sadness.

Lord, we are not to grieve as those who have no hope, those that have not trusted in Christ as Saviour, for our hope and trust is in You and our eyes are looking to You for strength, encouragement and comfort at this time of great sadness.

Lord, it is at a time like this that we suddenly begin to realise the great frailty of life and the brief portion that we are permitted on this earth. Cause all who are grieving here today to take stock of our own individual lives, and help us to be wise to number our days. Help us to live our lives as unto the Lord, knowing that at any time You may choose to call us home as well.

Thank You, Father, that our times are in Your hands and there are no sudden deaths in Your economy. May we live wisely from this day forward and use us we pray, to be a comfort to others who may experience similar times of great sadness. In Jesus' name we pray,


Father, I bring before You those that have had the devastating experience of having someone close to them that they know and love, suffer a sudden, violent and needless death. Lord, how I grieve for those that are having to experience this right now, and I pray that in Your grace, You would look down with pity and mercy and meet them right at their point of need.

Lord, You are the one Who was sent to heal the broken-hearted and comfort those that mourn and are heavy-laden. You are the One Who promised that Your grace is sufficient for every eventuality, even for those having to face the sudden and violent death of someone close to them. Draw near to them I pray, and lift them up into You arms of love. Carry them during this time of suffering and grief, for You have promised that underneath are Your everlasting arms.

Lord, as I lift up in prayer those that are having to come to terms with the sudden and violent death of a loved one, I pray that You would use this tragedy to be the thing that starts to draw each suffering soul into the tender arms of their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name I pray,


Heavenly Father, I know and believe that our times are in Your hands, but Lord it's so often such a shock to us when a dear loved one meets with a sudden or unexpected death, through an accident or perhaps due to some unforeseen tragedy, which takes the life of someone long before it would be expected.

Lord, I bring before You today those who are having to go through such a tragic loss, and pray that You would be very close to each one that is in mourning today over such a loss, and are perhaps confused or even angry that such a devastating occurrence has overtaken them, without any apparent warning.

You are the God of all comfort Who comforts us in time of need, and I pray that for those that are facing such a difficult trial today. Uphold them and draw very close to them. Raise up I pray, the right people to minister to them and to be a genuine comfort and support at this time of tragedy and grief.

Lord, I don't understand why our loved ones should suddenly be removed from us through a sudden, unexpected death, but Lord I trust You to soothe away the hurt in time, for shall not the God of all the earth do right? In Jesus' name,


Oh Lord, I have neither words to speak nor the strength to stand and I come to You grief-stricken because of this terrible tragic loss. All I can cry is Abba, Father. All I can ask is, Why?

Lord, You know the shocking facts of this tragic death and You know the deep despair I feel as I now have to face the future without this precious person. Lord I feel so shocked, so alone, so abandoned, so helpless, even though I know within my heart that You are there with me, and have Your loving arms all around me. Draw me very close to Yourself at this time Lord I pray. I need You.

Oh Lord, I feel so empty, so hollow, so numb and even afraid of the future. Lord, I don't know what to do or where to turn, except to look to You and plead that in Your grace, You will help me to get through this and bring me out the other side. Lord, I have no-one but You.

Help me Lord, to come to terms with this tragic death and help me I pray, to face the future with courage. And Lord, although I doubt that You will ever fully answer my question, why, yet I pray that You will give me an understanding heart. Help me to come to terms with what has happened. Be my comfort, my strength and my hope in Whom I trust. In Jesus' name I pray,


Heavenly Father, I come to You knowing that I have to pick up the pieces of my life after this devastating blow, which has left me shocked and grieving. Lord, I don't understand why this sudden death had to happen. But Lord, I am looking to You and trusting You to see me through this time of deep and bitter sadness and loss.

Lord, I think that the hardest thing is that we never were able to say, good-bye properly, There were many things that were left unsaid between us and this has left a deep sadness within my soul. I feel as if my bones are crying out and my breath seems to remain as a lump in my centre of my body. A heaviness seems to weigh me down. But Lord, I know that Your grace is sufficient for Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Lord, I claim that strength now as I confess my own insufficiency and weakness.

Lord, I ask You to be with me and to help me simply, let go. I know Lord, that one day we will certainly meet again, for we are both Your children. Help me to see this as a short-lived period of separation which will one day blossom on a most glorious reunion, when You will wipe away every tear from my our eyes, and we will both stand before You in our heavenly home.

Lord, I know that there are bound to be many times when memories and sadness will sweep over my heart, but into Your hands I commit my heart and soul and body, praying that You will never leave me nor forsake me, as You have promised. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name,