Fearless Friday: For the Faithful Departed

Our family has a heavy heart this week. My dear Aunt Miriam passed away this past Sunday. The wake and funeral was on Wednesday and Thursday and it breaks my heart that I wasn’t able to make the trip back to NY to be there.

Aunt Miriam was 76 when she died. She was sick for years with heart trouble but ironically, it wasn’t what killed her – it was toxins that took over her body. She was a wonderful woman, with a true heart for God.

I was close to Aunt Miriam and spent several weeks with her during the summer many times while growing up. It was she who encouraged me in my faith and reading the bible when I was a teenager. She was full of love and generosity to others. I am going to miss her terribly.

In the last weeks of her life she was anxious, but she died peacefully, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. My mom said that her parish priest prayed with Aunt Miriam and gave her the Anointing of the Sick the morning she passed.

So today, would you join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Aunt Miriam and not just her, but for all the recently deceased?

“Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.”

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)


  1. I will remember your Aunt Miriam in prayer. I have a devotion to the Holy Souls. May God grant peace and acceptance to all who loved Miriam. I am sorry for your loss.

    Eternal rest grant unto Miriam, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
    lily…recently posted…Fearless Friday- FriendshipMy Profile

  2. Stopping by today to let you know that I have been praying…was thinking about you yesterday at work….My aunt passed away a few years ago (Mar./09)…I was wearing her winter jacket yesterday and I thought about you and the passing of your aunt..and the emotions your going through..((hugs))
    Angela…recently posted…FEARLESS FRIDAYMy Profile

  3. Hugs to you. I will pray for your Aunt. We never know how our Faith example affects others. I know that what she gave to you, you will be passing on to your son. And maybe nieces and nephews, too.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

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