Merciful God, on this day there are people around the world standing next to graves and outside tombs.
They will not see their Lazarus again in this life.
Surround them with the presence and consolation of your Spirit.
Strengthen their neighbors to share the burden of grief.
Help the flame of resurrection hope to continue to burn in their hearts.
Be with those whose grief is masked by anger, hurt, fear or pressure to put on a good face.
Send your Spirit to cradle them in their fragility, so that they bend, but do not break.
God in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.