Several years ago I received from my niece-in-law a book on Puritan Prayers entitled "The Valley of Decision." In it I found this prayer and prayed it almost daily for at least 2 years. My husband's death followed the blessed pattern set out in this prayer.
Lord Jesus: True God, everlasting Life, Redeemer of sinners,
I give my body, soul, intellect, will, affections to thee.
Grant me a circumcised heart that I may love thee,
a right spirit that I may see thy glory,
a principle with which thou wilt own,
an interest in the blood that cleanses,
the righteousness that justifies,
the redemption that delivers,
that I may not be found a hypocrite on Judgment Day.
Prepare me (and Oliver) for death,
that I may not die after long afflictions or suddenly
but after short illness, with no confusion or disorder,
and a quiet charge in peace with adieu to brethren ( and my children and grandchildren)
Inscribe these petitions in thy book, present them to thy Father,
Set thine AMEN to them,
as I do on my part of the covenant.
I want to thank my parish family for their support, love and affection and to many individuals who worked tirelessly to make Oliver's funeral and reception memorable.