8 Prayers for a Peaceful Death


In the midst of life’s bustling moments, there is a universal truth to be faced – death is inevitable. But as believers, it is understood that death is a transition to a home in heaven. In fact, Paul asserted his desire to die as seen in his letter to the Philippians. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21 KJV). But it is still painful to witness the transition of a loved one into eternal life.

Right now, that dear person could be lying in bed feeling sick and crying because their organs are failing. Or maybe they rely on machines to stay alive. You have prayed, and the doctors have done their best to avert the worsening situation. Yet, nothing seems to change for good.

During difficult times like this, you may feel like blaming God for the impending death of your beloved one. However, it’s important to remember that there are other ways to cope – pray for your loved ones

This article is packed with prayers that will help you turn to God in this trying time. You can adjust the prayers to align to how you truly feel. 

How to Pray for a Peaceful Death

Praying for death is quite unheard of. But there are four tips that can help you go through this uncomfortable procedure: 

  • Find a quiet spot: sit in a calm, cozy place where you can be alone with God.
  • Calm down: calm down your racing and weary heart. At this point, step away from all the overwhelming emotions. You can do this by breathing deeply.
  • Express Gratitude: think about the life of your loved one and thank God for the time you shared with him/her. Gratitude is the last thing you’d want to do, but still do it. 
  • Trust the Will of God: the prevailing illness might be God’s way of saying “it’s time”. Trust him, because He knows what He is doing. Relinquish control over what would happen. That way, you are able to allow God to do whatever He pleases.

Short Prayer for a Peaceful Death

Dear Father, thank you for the life of (insert name). Despite all that has happened these past few months, I am grateful for your presence in my life. The request I’m about to make is weird, but still I’ll do it. If it is your will, grant (insert name) a peaceful transition into your heavenly kingdom.


Catholic Prayer for a Peaceful Death

Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, King of Heaven and Earth, we hand over to you thy servant and plead for your mercy over his/her life. Because of your unconditional love for him/her, you descended from heaven to die. We ask that you grant him salvation and receive him/her into the blessing and joy of your kingdom. May your blood cleanse and wash away his/her sins. Grant (insert name) rest in your bosom.


Prayer for Family of Someone Dying

Dear Lord, the family of (insert name) are going through a hard time. I see heartbroken hearts through the depressed looks on their faces. Please grant them the grace to go through this tough time. Give them strength, wisdom, and as they face the death of their loved one. Help them understand that you still love them and they are not alone even in this trying time.


Prayer for a Peaceful Death for Mother

Dear Lord, I thank you for the life of my mother. Through her, you brought me and my siblings into this world. Currently, she is at the verge of death. Please give her a peaceful transition into your heavenly kingdom. Ease her of this pain and help her join you in Heaven. I strongly desire the restoration of her health, but I am sure you have better plans for her. Thank you for your goodness, Father.


Prayer for a Peaceful Death for Father

Dear Lord, I thank you for the life of my earthly father. He is becoming more ill and nearing the end of his life on earth. It saddens me to see it happen. I pray for my beloved father. May you grant him peace, comfort, and the assurance of your presence. Surround him with your love and grace, and may his transition be calm.


Prayer for a Peaceful Death for Grandparent

Dear Heavenly Father, it is with a heavy heart that I offer this prayer to you. I entrust the life of my grandparent, (insert name), into your loving care. Grant him/her comfort and relief from any pain or suffering he may be experiencing. Place your angels over him as he ventures into the eternal life you have promised in your word.


Prayer for a Peaceful Death for a Family Member

Dear Father, in this time of sorrow and uncertainty, I turn to you. The life of one of my family members is about to come to an end, and Lord, it hurts. I pray for strength, and solace for my family during this difficult season. Please support one another and take solace in the fact that the promise of life forever provides hope even in times of sadness.


Prayer for a Peaceful Death for a Friend

Dear Lord, I come to you with a heavy heart seeking solace and comfort in your presence. (insert name), a friend of mine, is about to end his earthly journey. I’m grateful for the precious moments I’ve shared with them on this earth. As this journey comes to an end, grant them peace, comfort and surround them with your loving grace. Lord, I trust in your divine plan and pray that (insert name) finds a serene place in your heavenly kingdom.



No one likes the dreary idea of death, not to talk of praying about it. But you can never go wrong when you talk to God about anything, including this part of your life. You might not feel it but He is there with you, giving you hope during tough times.

As the psalmist says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 KJV). Accept the will of God and pray for the peaceful transition of your loved one into the kingdom of God. If it’s going to end, let it end well and let them be with the Lord in paradise.