Almighty God, be with _______ this day as his body has found its rest. Fill him with your Holy Spirit that he may know the assurance of your presence. Be with us also, who love him, giving us the faith to see death as your ultimate healing gift. Help us to let him go, rejoicing in the certainty that he has returned to you, the source of his life. Replace our tears of sadness with those of joy at his birth in eternity, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Rev. Thomas S. Wilson
Rector, St. Peter's Episcopal Church