Kol Ami's guide to death and mourning

Viddui – Confession for the Gravely Ill

Viddui can be said by the ill person or by someone on their behalf.

My God and God of all who have gone before me, Author of life and death, I turn to You in trust.

Although I pray for life and health, I know that I am mortal. If my life must soon come to an end, let me die, I pray, at peace.

If only my hands were clean and my heart pure. I confess that I have committed sins and left much undone, yet I know also the good that I did or tried to do.

May my acts of goodness give meaning to my life, and may my errors be forgiven.

Protector of the bereaved and the helpless, watch over my loved ones. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; redeem it, O God of compassion and faithfulness.

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.
Hear O Israel, The Eternal is our God, The Eternal is One.