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As you begin, take three deep breaths to center yourself.

Jesus, you tasted death for our sake and you overcame it in your resurrection.  Be with those who mourn the death of friends and loved ones.  May they feel your gentle, comforting presence surrounding them and know that you are with them.  Grant all of us the hope of the resurrection that even in the midst of sorrow or trials, we may know that death and difficulty are not the end of the story.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, pausing between each word.