Death and Dying

These prayers are intended to encourage those in great pain and those ready to die, and their companions. For more information on The United Church of Canada’s theological understanding of medically assisted dying, as well as links to more resources, see the United Church Commons.

Prayers
File Prayer after a Loved One Has Died by Medical Means
For the loved ones of someone who has died.
File Prayer after the Unexpected, Devastating Diagnosis of a Loved One
For the loved ones of someone who will soon die.
File Prayer at the Time of Deciding on the Day and Place of Death
For the person who has chosen medically assisted dying.
File Prayer at the Time of Increasing Struggle with Illness
For someone who is struggling to cope.
File Prayer Following the Decision by a Suffering Person to End Their Life
For the loved ones of someone who has chosen to end their life.
File Prayer for Living Fully in the Dying Days
For a person who is dying and their family and friends.
File Prayer in the Midst of Fear
For someone who is dying and afraid, and who has decided to seek medical aid in dying.
File Prayer in Time of Remission
For a person whose illness is in remission and is grateful but may still be anxious.
File Prayer of a Medical Professional
For medical professionals going to hear the request of a patient to end their life.
File Prayer of a Person in Constant Pain 1
For someone who is enduring constant pain.
File Prayer of a Person in Constant Pain 2
For someone enduring constant pain who knows they will die.
File Prayer to Be Offered with Children
For the children of a parent or guardian who will soon die.
File Prayer When Cancer Treatment Is Troubling and Prolonged 2
For someone whose death is uncertain.
File Prayer When Illness Returns
For a person whose illness has returned and who feels afraid.
File Praying through the Tears
For someone whose illness will not be cured.
Music
PDF icon We Are Not Alone (SATB) (Pat Mayberry/David Kai)
Short SATB piece with piano accompaniment suitable for use during a funeral, memorial service, or other appropriate times during a worship service. Lyrics from the United Church's A New Creed. Please credit Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
Related Material
File Pain, Dying, and Our Understanding of God
Some explanation of the theology behind the prayers above.