11 Comforting Prayers for Scattering Ashes

Losing a loved one is so painful. Fulfilling their request of scattering their ashes can help to provide some comfort and solace. Here are eleven comforting prayers for scattering their ashes that will help to bring comfort and peace to you during this difficult time of mourning.

Hope Prayer
Dear God, we are hurting and struggling to accept the loss of our loved one. But even in pain, we know that all things work together for your good. As we scatter these ashes, we release our dear one into your loving hands where she truly belongs.  Thank you for filling us with the hope of seeing her again when we come home to be with you. Let your love fill the void in our hearts, and help us to find joy in the times we shared with her. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Perfect Rest Prayer
O Lord, thank you for the seasons and times you gave us with our loved one. We bless your holy name for you have been with us from the time he departed.  We live in confidence, knowing that your servant is in your presence.  May he find perfect rest in you. Lord, though we are grieving, we are comforted in our hearts because you have brought his pain to an end. Our loved one is resting in your arms of love. In Jesus’ precious name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Comfort Prayer
Heavenly Father, our comforter and friend, we come before your presence today to tell you how grateful we are to you. We extol you, dear God, for you are lifting us up in our time of sorrow. Thank you for comforting our hearts during this challenging season. Almighty God, thank you for engulfing us with your love. Please help us to continue to find comfort in you alone. Strengthen us as we say our final goodbyes to the departed. We bless you, Lord, for you are a wonderful Father.  In Jesus’ merciful name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Strength Prayer
O Lord, as we fulfill the final wishes of our beloved concerning her remains, help us to remember that you are our strength. In our moment of pain and grief, we choose to lean on you, for it is only in you that we find strength. May your word be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path in this season. Thank you for strengthening us when we are discouraged and weak. Please give us the courage to face each new day as it comes. We pray this believing in the name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.

Acceptance Prayer
Lord, we scatter these ashes not just so that we can fulfill the wishes of our loved one, but also as a symbol of acceptance of your will over his life. We wanted him to continue living, but God, you called him back home according to your will. We praise you, O Lord, because no plans of yours can be thwarted. Let your grace be sufficient for us that we may be able to fully accept that our loved one is no longer with us. May your name be glorified forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer
Almighty God, there is none like you in heaven or on earth. You are mighty and worthy of all our praise. Thank you for seeing it fit for our beloved departed soul to be part of our family. We have shared a lot with her, and she has been a blessing in our lives. Thank you for the years that she has been here on earth and the difference she made in our lives all those years. She would not have done all that without you, and that is why all glory goes back to you. We scatter her ashes with thanksgiving in our hearts, for we know that her spirit has is with you. In Jesus’ compassionate name, we pray, Amen.

Time for Everything Prayer
King of glory, we are gathered here as the family of our loved one who departed from this earth and came into your presence. Although it is painful and our hearts are heavy, we find comfort in you because his demise was within your will. Thank you for the beautiful memories we shared with our loved one. There is time for everything. Thank you for the different seasons we spent together with him. We praise you, Lord, for you have made everything beautiful in its own time. Now is the time for us to say our final goodbyes. In Jesus’ all-knowing name, we pray, Amen.

Eternal Rest Prayer
Dear God, thank you for our friend that has finished her race on this earth in faith. Thank you for receiving her into your presence. Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon our loved one so that she can have eternal rest with you. Let your light shine upon us every day and may your presence always be with us until the day we join her. In Jesus’ loving name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Mercy Prayer
Lord, we commend the soul of our dearly beloved into your hands. May he find mercy in your eyes so that he can share your glory with the other devoted saints who have gone before us. Forgive him where he went wrong while he was here on this earth. As we scatter his ashes, we commit his body to you and pray that he finds eternal rest for the glory of your holy name. Lord, forgive us where we have strayed during this grieving season. Fill us with thanksgiving for his well-lived and full life. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

Joy Prayer
Loving God, may we find joy in your presence this difficult season. We know that death for a believer is just a doorway that ushers us into your presence. Let this truth be imprinted in our hearts that we may be filled with joy. May the memory of our loved one be in our hearts forever. Lord, may our loved one be acceptable before you because of her faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Peace Prayer
O God, let the peace of Jesus fill our hearts and this place. As we commit this body to the earth where it came from, let your unconditional love fill our hearts and let the peace that surpasses all understanding be with us to uproot fear and bitterness. Remind us of your great promises about eternal life that we may be strengthened. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.