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"The night Susan Izard's father died, he was wrapped in a prayer shawl knitted by her mother. Blanketed with the soft yarn, he was surrounded by a multitude of prayers, she says. 'My mother spread it across my dad, and it was a beautiful moment of having this man covered in that love, knowing that his life was coming to an end.'

"Izard is ... pastor of spiritual life at First Church of Christ, Congregational, in West Hartford, Conn. She is now active in promoting the ministry of prayer shawls, a growing trend that is grounded in providing a tangible manifestation of prayer to those in need of comfort, support, and compassion.

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