Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Prayers for Deenie, who moves closer to death

The friend who keeps me posted on Deenie's condition writes that Deenie is getting weaker and is in greater pain. She says that Hospice has not been on the ball with the pain meds. Presumably she is now advocating for better palliative care. There is a private aide on duty with Deenie at her home, originally trained as a nurse on another continent, and she is great. Another friend says Deenie feels ready to go. She knows we are praying for her.

I had been thinking of Deenie more intensely the last two or three days and was not surprised to receive this news.

Deenie received the anointing of the sick from the Hospice chaplain a few days ago in the presence of several friends and a neighbor (who is also a friend). Today two women will visit her, including a mutual friend of ours who is a poet -- very glad she will be there, as she will be able to find the right mix of song, word, and silence.

Please pray in accompaniment of Deenie as she moves into her final days and hours.

Almighty God, look on this your servant, lying in great weakness, and comfort her with the promise of life everlasting, given in the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for a Person near Death, The Book of Common Prayer


anita said...

I will add my little prayers also.

Jane R said...

No prayer is little, Anita. Thank you.

Joan Lucia-Treese said...

Prayers ascending.

Ken said...

Let her drift off to sleep, Lord, and awaken in the cradle of your arms.

it's margaret said...

I join you in prayer.

lindy said...

Praying here too.

+JN1034 said...

Morning prayers offered for an honourable transition to holy sleep and to the promise of resurrection and life anew.