Prayer For The Loss Of A Child
8 Miracle Prayers For A Sick Child
Caring for different people every single day can take a toll on nurses. This is particularly true for nurses working in the pediatric ward.
Since patients in this area are more vulnerable to stress, pain and discomfort, it’s not enough for nurses to concentrate on their physical needs.
Sending out prayers can help, too because inevitably, it’s so easy for these small people to capture our hearts again and again.
Below are some of the most powerful prayers for a sick child.
Prayer For A Sick Child In The Hospital
Jesus,You’re with us.Though you are not seen,
We know that you stay by our side.
Jesus,You love us,More than we could know,
And you feel each tear that we cry.
Jesus,We trust you,To take hold of our hands,
Until we’re recovered and well.
Jesus,You promise to,Comfort and care,
Until we are laughing and playing again.
Thank you Jesus.
O Lord God, I come to You for help and succor.You have afflicted my child [child’s name].Help me to understand that You mean well.Give me grace to bear my child’s affliction with patience and strength.
Bless me, O Father, and restore my child [child’s name] to health.Do not forsake us, but give us an assurance of Your loving Kingdom.Bless this illness to me and my child [child’s name], and help us both to be better children of Yours because of it.
In the name of Your Holy Son Jesus Christ. Amen!
Prayer To St. Nicholas For A Sick Child
Saint Nicholas, who the Savior,loved children so tenderly and gave generously to those in need,listen to us who plead for this sick child
who is so dear to our hearts.
We thank God for the great gift of our childand we pray that He relieve this child of painand free him/her from suffering.Obtain strength when he/she is weary,hope when discouraged,and joy when downhearted.May the Lord, through your intercession,
restore perfect health if such be His divine will.
These favors, we beg of you through your love for all children.
Prayer For A Sick Child Through St. Gerard
St. Gerard, who, the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for our sick child. We thank God for the great gift of our son/daughter and ask Him to restore our child to health if such be His holy will. This favour, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers.
Short Prayer for A Sick Child
Heavenly Father, watch over our child, and grant that he may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer For A Sick Child With Chronic Illness
Dear God, I pray for (child’s name) as he/she deals with this (specific illness) so often. I know You are the Master Healer and that You also provide times that are symptom-free for this dear little one. Please comfort and protect this dear child during this hard time.
Help them to know that they can come to You for the peace and health that only You can provide. Please be with the doctors as they continually study to find medicines and treatments that will comfort those that suffer from chronic illnesses.
I leave this in Your precious hands oh God my Father. Amen
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Lord I come to You today to present (child’s name) to You. This very deadly sickness that is upon him/her is very sad to all who know and love him/her. I know that in times this his/her Mommy and Daddy are in despair.Please keep them strong in You so that they can be a comfort to this dear little child. Please keep (child’s name) from being scared of what is happening all around him/her. I ask Your mercy so that pain would be minimal or nonexistence. I love this small and fragile little child.
Bestow Your grace and peace to them and all who love them. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer To Bring Healing To A Child
Lord, you love our child as You love all children, Bring healing to our child who is not well. Stay by his side and comfort him through this trying time. Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presence Bless us with Your powerful healing and comfort us also. Thank You for hearing our prayer!
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A Prayer For My Sick Child
Loving Lord Jesus, You are the good Shepherd of the sheep and You are the One Who carries the little lambs in Your arms – and gently cares for those that are weak and afraid. Lord it is so hard to watch a child in distress and feel helpless to aid them – but I pray Lord that You would safely carry this little child and tend for him/her as only You can.
I lift up this precious child to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate through his/her frail body and return him/her to radiant health and strength. Relieve all the symptoms of this unpleasant illness that has invaded this little body – guard him/her from danger and may he/she respond to Your healing touch on his/her life.
Thank You that You are a God Who cares and loves little children and that You hear and answer prayers. Keep this precious lamb enfolded in Your arms and resting on Your bosom and raise him/ her back to full health I pray – and we will give You all the thanks and praise for You alone are worthy.
Prayer For The Recovery For A Sick Child
Almighty and most merciful God I bring before You this little child who is suffering such pain and discomfort – and I ask that in Your grace and mercy You would raise them back up into full health and strength and work a speedy recovery.
The Lord Jesus took little children in His arms of love and blessed them and I pray that in a very special way You would put Your arms of love and blessing around this little one and minister to each need and every pain.
Little ones do not understand why they are feeling so poorly and I just ask that You would have compassion for this little child and take away any fear and pain – and multiply Your grace so that they come to a quick and lasting recovery….
Thank You Lord in Jesus name we pray,
Before we go to sleep tonight, let’s offer a heartfelt prayer for a sick child somewhere out there.
Grieving the Loss of a Child
No parent is prepared for a child's death. Parents are simply not supposed to outlive their children. It is important to remember that how long your child lived does not determine the size of your loss. The loss of a child is profound at every age.
Parents of young children are intimately involved in their daily lives. Death changes every aspect of family life, often leaving an enormous emptiness.
The death of an older child or adolescent is difficult because children at this age are beginning to reach their potential and become independent individuals.
When an adult child dies, you lose not only a child but often a close friend, a link to grandchildren, and an irreplaceable source of emotional and practical support.
You may find that you also grieve for the hopes and dreams you had for your child, the potential that will never be realized, and the experiences you will never share.If you lost your only child, you may also feel that you have lost your identity as a parent and perhaps the possibility of grandchildren. The pain of these losses will always be a part of you.
Yet with time, most parents find a way forward and begin to experience happiness and meaning in life once again.
Common grief reactions
Grief reactions after the death of a child are similar to those after other losses. But, they are often more intense and last longer. You may experience the following grief reactions:
Intense shock, confusion, disbelief, and denial, even if your child's death was expected
Overwhelming sadness and despair, such that facing daily tasks or even getting bed can seem impossible
Extreme guilt or a feeling that you have failed as your child's protector and could have done something differently
Intense anger and feelings of bitterness and unfairness at a life left unfulfilled
Fear or dread of being alone and overprotecting your surviving children
Resentment toward parents with healthy children
Feeling that life has no meaning and wishing to be released from the pain or to join your child
Questioning or losing faith or spiritual beliefs
Dreaming about your child or feeling your child's presence nearby
Intense loneliness and isolation, even when around other people, and feeling that no one can truly understand how you feel
Although grief is always profound when a child dies, some parents have an especially difficult time. Even as time passes, their grief remains intense, and they feel it is impossible to return to normal life.
Some parents may even think about hurting themselves to escape from the pain. If you are having these feelings, talk with a professional such as a doctor or counselor right away.
You can find help to move past this intense grief.
Timing of your grief reactions
Some people expect that grief should be resolved over a specific time, such as a year. But this is not true. The initial severe and intense grief you feel will not be continuous.
Periods of intense grief often come and go over 18 months or longer. Over time, your grief may come in waves that are gradually less intense and less frequent.
But you will ly always have some feelings of sadness and loss.
Even years after your child's death, important events and milestones in the lives of other children can trigger grief. Significant days such as graduations, weddings, or the first day of a new school year are common triggers. At these times, you may find yourself thinking about how old your child would be or what he or she would look or be doing if still alive.
Differences in how parents grieve
Parents may grieve in different ways depending on their gender and their daily role in a child’s life. One parent may find that talking helps, while the other may need quiet time to grieve alone.
Cultural expectations and role differences also affect how parents grieve. Men are often expected to control their emotions, be strong, and take charge of the family.
Women may be expected to cry openly and want to talk about their grief.
If you are a working parent, you may become more involved in your job to escape the sadness and daily reminders at home. A stay-at-home parent may be surrounded by constant reminders and may feel a lack of purpose now that his or her job as caregiver has abruptly ended. This is especially true for a parent who spent months or even years caring for a child with cancer.
Differences in grieving can cause relationship difficulties at a time when parents need each other's support the most. One parent may believe that the other is not grieving properly or that a lack of open grief means he or she loved the child less. Talk openly about your grief with your partner. Work to understand and accept each other's coping styles.
Helping siblings who are grieving
Parents are the focus of attention when a child dies, and the grief of siblings is sometimes overlooked. The death of a sibling is a tremendous loss for a child. They lose a family member, a confidant, and a life-long friend.
When your child developed cancer, you were ly completely focused on the needs of your sick child. You now may be overwhelmed with your own grief. Your surviving children may misinterpret your grief as a message that they are not as valued as much as the sibling who died.
You can help your children during this time of grief in several ways:
Make grief a shared family experience. Include children in discussions about memorial plans.
Spend as much time as possible with your children, talking about their sibling or playing together.
Make sure children understand that they are not responsible for a sibling’s death, and help them let go of regrets and guilt.
Never compare siblings to your child who died. Make sure your child knows that you don't expect them to “fill in” for him or her.
Set reasonable limits on their behavior. But try not to be either overprotective or overly permissive. It is normal to feel protective of surviving children.
Ask a close family member or friend to spend extra time with siblings if your own grief prevents you from giving them the attention they need.
Learn more about how to help a child or teenager who is grieving and how to cope with losing a sibling to cancer.
Helping yourself grieve
As much as it hurts, it is natural and normal to grieve. You may find the following suggestions helpful while grieving:
Talk about your child often and use his or her name.
Ask family and friends for help with housework, errands, and caring for other children. This will give you important time to think, remember, and grieve.
Take time deciding what to do with your child's belongings. Don’t rush to pack up your child's room or to give away toys and clothes.
Prepare ahead of time for how to respond to difficult questions , “How many children do you have?” or comments , “At least you have other children.” Remember that people aren't trying to hurt you; they just don't know what to say.
Prepare for how you want to spend significant days, such as your child's birthday or the anniversary of your child's death. You may want to spend the day looking at photos and sharing memories or start a family tradition, such as planting flowers.
Because of the intensity and isolation of parental grief, parents may especially benefit from a support group where they can share their experiences with other parents who understand their grief and can offer hope.
Learn more about coping strategies for when you are grieving.
Finding meaning in life
You should expect that you will never really “get over” the death of your child. But you will learn to live with the loss, making it a part of who you are. Your child’s death may make you rethink your priorities and the meaning of life. It may seem impossible, but you can find happiness and purpose in life again.
For some parents, an important step may be creating a legacy for your child. You may choose to honor your child by volunteering at a local hospital or a cancer support organization.
Or you may work to support interests your child once had, start a memorial fund, or plant trees in your child's memory.It is important to remember that it is never disloyal to your child to reengage in life and to enjoy new experiences.
Each of your children changes your life. They show you new ways to love, new things to find joy in, and new ways to look at the world. A part of each child's legacy is that the changes he or she brings to your family continue after death. The memories of joyful moments you spent with your child and the love you shared will live on and always be part of you.
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