Stichera for the Dead: Woe is me! How great a struggle the soul endures at its parting from the body. . . .

Icon of the Last Judgment“Woe is me! How great a struggle the soul endures at its parting from the body. Woe is me! How many tears it sheds, but there is none to pity it. Turning to the angels, it supplicates in vain; stretching out its hands to men, it finds no one to help. Therefore, my beloved brethren, reflecting on the shortness of our life, let us ask Christ to give rest to the departed and to grant our souls great mercy.”

— Stichera for the Dead sung at Tone Two Friday evening Vespers, Triodion p. 144