Reflection and Prayer on the Death of a Parent
parent can be an accident.
It can also
be an act of generosity.
And so it was in the
In the millisecond of time from which all things emerged,
God’s act of
generosity gave birth to the universe.
And so this
vast evolving, expanding universe had its beginnings,
of joy and
pain, of beauty and disaster, of life and death,
worlds and self-willed beings
able to share that generosity or thwart it.
It is quieter, not to have babies who cry.
It is tidier, not to have clothes and toys strewn across the floor.
It is less stressful not to have to deal with teenagers going through adolescence.
It is simpler, only to think of ourselves.
But it is not love and it is not generosity.
celebrate mum’s generosity and goodness,
her life in
the life we all share,
her journey in light and darkness, which has enriched us
Let us pray:
O God, in
the beginning you gave birth to this vast evolving and expanding universe.
unleashed the possibilities of chaos and creativity,
of joy and sorrow, of life
together to celebrate mum’s life, the life of Elizabeth Loader.
We come in
sorrow and joy, in grief and celebration,
ourselves to your love and generosity,
which was in
be there for us in the end,
binds us together now in the midst of life and our moment of shared grief.
acknowledge the light of your love,
in creation, in the compassion of Jesus,
in whatever religious or non-religious context.
So shine on
us and our celebration and our remembering,
that we may
see our way to walk with you along this part of our journey,
for you are
our shepherd and guide. Amen
prepared for the funeral of my mother, Elizabeth Loader, on 6 January, 2012, aged 100 years
by William Loader