Specific Jewish prayers are spoken during the funeral, burial and when lighting the Yahrzeit candle. For your convenience you can download the attached for reference and printing. Included are the Mourners' Kaddish, traditional graveside prayers, and prayers for the Yizkor service.
O God, behold and see the sorrow of my heart. Willowed and bereft I mourn the loss of the dear companion of my life.
Help me, O God, to bear this burden bravely. Teach me to bend my will to Thy supreme will that doeth all things for the best, for all Thy ways are right and all Thy judgments just. Thou didst send me untold blessings through the gift of his loving care. For these my heart overflows with thankfulness. May I not mar the gratitude I here offer by murmuring and complaints.
Grant that I may live true to the hope and prayers which bound our hearts together. Fill me with zeal to carry out every noble thought he cherished and to fulfill every duty to my home and my dear ones which he bequeathed to me. May the memory of his love and faithfulness ever aid and inspire me.I cast my burden upon Thee, O Lord; uphold me in the hours of my weakness, for Thou art near to the broken and contrite heart. May my life prove that love is as strong as death. Grant me one more and more of the comforting faith in life immortal. May Thy blessing of peace attend me through all my days. - Amen.
“Give her the fruit of her hands; and may her deeds praise her within gates”- Proverbs XXXI
My heart cries unto Thee, Almighty God, out of the depths of my distress. Thou alone knowest the loneliness of my days, bereft of whom Thou gavest me as my companion my helpmate. Let me not yield to despair! Help me be loyal to every trust she reposed in me, steadfast to every duty her passing away has left to me. Fill me with manly courage to live true to the ideas of purity and nobility with which she inspired me.
Grant unto me strength and unto our dear ones the steadfast resolve to cherish faithfully the spirit of love with which she filled our home. May the example of her goodness live on as an impulse to every good endeavor. May the bonds of our common sorrow unite more firmly the ties of our family affections. Teach me, O God, the lesson of resignation. Fill me with the firm trust that death does not end all, but that in death, as in life, all are in Thy keeping. May I say with sincere humility: Thy thoughts are not our thoughts; nor are Thy ways our ways. For high as are the heavens above the earth, so high are Thy ways above our ways, and Thy thoughts are above our thoughts. - Amen
“Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart; That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow nor taketh on a reproach against his neighbor; it whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honored them that fear the Lord; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not; he that putteth not out his money on interest, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”- Psalm XV
In this silent grave repose the earthly remains of my best friend, my dearest benefactor appointed by God Himself to love and protect me during the tender years of my life, my dear and beloved father. Oh, to hear thy voice again, to clasp thy hand and look into thy fatherly eyes for comfort! How can I repay thee for all the devotion and loving kindness which I have received at your hands.
O Lord, show me the way and give me the will to live and to work so that I may reflect honor upon my dear father’s memory. Thus will also glorify Thy name, for Thou are the father of the fatherless, and in thy keeping are the souls of all our dear ones. - Amen