A Collect for Comfort in Loss of Loved Ones

Gentle Father, who created us all and loves us with a love greater than any earthly father, comfort us who have lost or expect to lose those close to us with the knowledge that they are close to you and that we too will be with you and with them, risen to new life in your presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and intercedes for us all with you in the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.’ – 1 Thes. 4:13-14