5 Gentle Prayers For Your Dying Wife

Last Updated on October 19, 2023 by Emma

September 5, 2023 would have been my grandparents 59th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, my grandpa watched his wife die 4 years ago from liver cancer. He was always praying by her bedside in those final days. He reminded me of the importance of praying for your dying wife.

When I visited my grandma in hospice a few days before she died, I was teary eyed. My grandma and grandpa provided so many wonderful memories for my cousins and me growing up. They are both prayer warriors and would go to the chapel at their church once a week to spend time in silence with the Lord.

They went to Mass almost every day until my grandma got really sick. My grandpa is not a particularly emotional man, but I know it was because of his relentless faith in the Lord. 

When I started crying he said, “Don’t be sad. This isn’t living” as he pointed to my grandma sleeping in the bed. He didn’t say it, but with his rosary in his hands, I knew he meant that she would be filled with unimaginable joy once she was united with God in heaven.

“‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).

My grandpa is a wise man who knew that he couldn’t hold on to his dying wife. He knew life in heaven would be far better than what she was experiencing here. 

I have given you 5 prayers for your dying wife, but feel free to customize them to your specific situation. This community is here to be prayer warriors for you! Please leave prayer requests in the comments so we can pray with you!

Short Prayer For A Dying Wife

Lord, my wife is dying. I never thought I’d have to watch my wife suffer so greatly. It’s destroying me to see her in so much pain. I know you will be there to welcome my wife with open arms, but it doesn’t make the process of watching her die any easier.

Please be with her now and at the hour of her death. Amen.

Prayer For A Peaceful Death For Your Dying Wife

Lord, please help my wife to have a peaceful death. It’s been so hard to watch her suffer. I know she desires to be with you. It’s been a really hard process, but I am ready to let her go and she’s ready to go see You.

We have solace and peace with his death because of Jesus’ words in Scripture. 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26, NIV)?

My wife is a strong Christian. She strives to love You above all else so we trust that even though her Earthly body may die, she will live forever with You in Heaven. May she suffer no longer. May she just rest in your arms.

Lord, Your will is our peace and finally we’ve made peace with (Name’s) death. We’ve been angry and sad. We’ve mourned the time we are losing together, but we know that this is your will and that she will be with you soon in eternity.

Even though I have peace about the situation I’m still struggling. I don’t want her to suffer anymore. It is terrible to watch, but I can’t help but be selfish because I want her to stay with me as long as she can.

Thank you for the blessing of our marriage and for the privilege it’s been to care for (Name) while she’s dying. May the peace of the Lord be with (Name) always. In Your name, I pray. Amen. 

Prayer For Strength As Your Wife Is Dying

Lord, I need strength. My wife is dying right before my eyes. This isn’t something I imagined would happen even though I know we all die eventually. I just hoped that I’d go first.

In our marriage vows we said in sickness and in health that we would stand by each other. Well, here’s the sickness part and I am here. I am happy to be here for her, to be her support, and make her last (months/weeks/days) easier. 

However, I am still heartbroken. I don’t want to live without her. Lord, You are my rock and my salvation, but I love my wife so deeply. She leads me closer to you and I don’t want to live without her. I need your strength to continue to support her. I feel weak inside, but I know that she is hurting and suffering so I can’t show her my suffering. I need to be strong for her.

May these words from Scripture forever be on my lips:

“You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,” (Psalm 59:9, NIV).

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 59:16, NIV).

Help me to love her more deeply each day through all of this pain. Lord, I love you above all else, and I know that when my wife is gone I will still have you. Help me to have solace in this. In Your name, I pray Amen. 

Prayer For Acceptance Of Your Wife Dying

Lord, my wife is dying. I need help accepting that her death will be soon. At first, we had hope. We thought she could get better, but it’s not clear that’s not in Your plan. Please help me to accept that she won’t be with me anymore.

We have been together for so long. I’m devastated to find out that I’ll be here without her. I don’t know how to go on without my wife loving and supporting me. I know I’ll only be able to get through this if I stay close to You. You are the only one who is going to be able to bring me solace.

As strange as it is to say this, watching her suffer has also been a gift. (Name) suffers so bravely. She is a holy woman who loves and honors you even in death. The veil between Heaven and Earth is thinning.

“‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).

Help us to accept that (Name) will experience all the good things You have prepared for her that we could never even fathom.

We have encountered You in new ways and for that I am grateful. Please bless our marriage as we enjoy this final time together. I don’t want my wife to die, but I must accept she is going to very soon. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

A Prayer For The Kids Of Your Dying Wife

Lord, my wife is dying. I am struggling, but I worry even more deeply for our child(ren). They are losing their mother. No one should ever be without their mom, but of course, death is inevitable and they knew this would happen eventually.

Help them as they struggle to accept that their mother will no longer be in their lives physically. May they always turn to you with their every worry. I know they must rely on you to carry them through this. I worry they will become angry with You and do the opposite.

Please guard their hearts so that they will stay close to You during this time. You are here to comfort us always. May my kid(s) have peace knowing that their mother will be united with You in heaven. She will be experiencing everlasting joy.

When my child(ren) miss(es) their mother, remind them that they have a heavenly mother who will never leave them. Mary, mother of Jesus, is mother to us all. When they are close to You, they are close to her and they will be close their earthly motherly. That’s the closest we can be, this side of heaven.

I love you and trust you will provide for all of their needs during this difficult time. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

Concluding Thoughts

Watching your wife die is no easy task. You need the strength, peace, and comfort that only the Lord can provide. As you process what your wife is going through, always make sure to bring everything to the Lord.

He will help you carry your burdens. Even though your wife won’t be on Earth with you forever, the Lord will be. He will be here for you to process her death and give you the support you need as you grieve her loss. 

May you have the wisdom and fortitude that my grandfather had while you are watching your wife die. Amidst the grief, have joy, knowing that she will be united with her Creator and Father.