God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot control, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Although I have never considered myself to be particularly religious, I have always found strength and comfort in this prayer. The reason that this prayer has been helpful in contemplating loss in my life is because of its emphasis on differentiating between what "I can and cannot control". Early in my life, when I first dealt with a major loss, I felt hopeless and helpless. However, after turning to this prayer when contemplating other losses, I was able to more effectively make peace with the loss, and instead of being angered, I was able to find meaning in loss.