Heavenly Father, the shortened days seem to make us aware of the limits of our lives, and our thoughts turn to those we have loved and lost.

We give thanks for your Son who promised eternal life and overcame death.

Let us remember the people whom we no longer see whose love and support has meant so much to us; those who were killed defending their country and those who died from accidental or natural causes.

May we live better lives because of them, in the time that remains to us on this earth.

Amen