Death of a loved one


I am sitting at my fathers death bed. He had a massive stroke yesterday. Can you help me with a special meditation or prayer or mantra. I cannot cry anymore.

Thank you,

grieving so hard right now.

—Kurt Koch, Usa


Dear Kurt,

First of all, I am so sorry about what happened to your father. A sudden change in anyone’s life affects all those dear to them.

Keep him in your prayers, and keep God in your heart. He is with you now.

One prayer that is used in our Astral Ascension Ceremony, a ceremony we use when a dear one passes or is close to death, is from Paramhansa Yogananda’s Whispers from Eternity. It’s called “I Am Thy Bird of Paradise.” You can find it on our website by clicking on the link.

This prayer states what the individual forgets while on this earth plane. Know that your father in one with the Infinite Spirit.

There is another prayer, by Swami Kriyananda, which we also do during the Ceremony:

Dear Friend,

You, who have gone before us, have entered a realm which our souls remember: A place of freedom, light, and laughter. Our desire is not to hold you back, but only to tell you: Friend, we are yours; our love and support are ever yours, and our prayers for your highest happiness. We shall meet again! Once more we shall laugh together, rejoice together, and share in the joy of seeking Him!

God is the only Reality. Burn your earthly desires in the fire of wisdom! Burn earthly limitations in the blaze of inner freedom! Burn earthly disappointments in the flames of spreading peace! Burn earthly joys in the bonfire of divine bliss! See your physical form as a discarded garment: Clothed you now are in garments of radiant light!

New adventures await you – fresh, joyous victories as you advance toward perfect freedom!

And what of us, Friend, who love you and would be remembered by you?

Behold us as threads of light in the tapestry of your life – threads which, through the magnet of soul-friendship, will appear ever and again, woven with increasing beauty as our hearts expand together in God’s love.

Divine Mother! Receive this, Thy child. Purify him in Thy perfect light and love. Grant him eternal freedom in Thee!

I have edited this a little but have kept the essential parts. You might want to read it to your father. Whether he can hear you or not, his soul will receive the healing vibrations of this prayer.

If you have regrets, send him your love, and ask for his forgiveness. Otherwise, he is in God’s hands and will be healed and guided by Him.

I hope this has helped you.

Bless you much,