My God and God of my fathers and mothers
May my prayer come before You.
Do not ignore my plea.
Please, forgive me for all of the sins
That I sinned before You throughout my lifetime.
I am ashamed of deeds that I have committed.
I regret things that I have done.
Now, O God, take my pain and suffering as atonement.
Forgive my mistakes, for against You have I sinned.
May it be Your will, Adonai, my God and God of my ancestors
That I sin no more.
In Your great mercy, cleanse me of the sins I have committed
But not through suffering and disease.
Send me a complete healing along with all those who are ill.
I acknowledge before You, Adonai my God and God of my ancestors,
That my healing and my death are in Your hands.
May it be Your will to grant me a complete healing.
If it be Your will that I am to die of this illness,
Let my death be atonement for all the wrongs that I have done in my life.
Shelter me in the shadow of Your wings.
Grant me a place in the world to come.
Parent of orphans and Guardian of widows
Protect my dear ones,
With whose souls my soul is bound.
Into your hand I place my soul.
You have redeemed me, O God of truth.
Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad.
Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One.
Adonai Hu Ha’Elohim. Adonai Hu Ha’Elohim.
Adonai is God. Adonai is God.
Excerpted with permission from Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew (Schocken Books).
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Pronounced: ah-doe-NYE, Origin: Hebrew, a name for God.