20 Bible Verses for the Loss of a Beloved Pet

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If you are searching for a Bible verse for a lost pet, unfortunately, you won’t find anything specific. However, the Bible is full of comforting messages that are sure to give you peace.

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You may also be comforted by poems about pet loss written by people who understand the depths of your grief. 

Bible Verses About Losing a Pet and Grieving

These Bible verses offer encouragement. We hope that some of these examples will give you peace as you grieve the loss of your animal friend. 

You may also appreciate this article about How to Cope With an Unexpected Pet Loss

1. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

You may be familiar with the text found in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes. The verses inspired a song in the 1960s. It begins, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die...”

Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. This verse in Ecclesiastes may remind you of this truth.

2. Psalm 38: 6-22

The two verses in Psalm 38 read, “I am bowed down and brought very low; All day long I go about mourning... Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.”

You could consider using this Psalm as the text of a prayer. 

3. Psalm 34:18

If you need reassurance that God knows your pain, turn to this passage in the Book of Psalms. It reads, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

4. John 16:22

You may feel your grief will never end, but the Bible promises that joy will eventually return to you. This verse says, “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” 

5. Psalm 31:14-15

Sometimes we simply need to put our trust in God. This is difficult for many people who wish to always be in control. The Bible states, “But I trust in you, O Lord: I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.”

6. Hebrews 13:5

You may become frustrated with friends and family members when you lose a pet because others may not take the loss as seriously as you do. If you are a Christian, you know that God never turns his back on you. You can find this promise in the latter part of this verse, which states, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

7. Deuteronomy 31:6

This verse from the book of Deuteronomy is often used in wall hangings to remind others that they can do anything through God. It states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Bible Verses About Pets Going to Heaven

While you may be able to find pet sympathy messages written on professionally designed cards that talk about pet heaven, there’s little in the Bible that speaks about what happens to pets when they die. This doesn’t mean that the Bible isn’t a helpful resource for those grieving an animal’s loss. 

Here are some more resources for you if you are suffering the loss of a pet. 

8. Revelation 5:13

Revelation is considered a book of prophecy. This scene is described: “Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, saying, ‘Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever.’”

9. Matthew 28:20

Jesus promises to be with us in this verse in Matthew. It states, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

10. 2 Corinthians 4:18

While it is easy to get caught up in the pain associated with life on earth, this verse tells us to focus on what is unseen. It states, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

11. Isaiah 40:31

A person of faith can turn to God during times of loss. The book of Isaiah states, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

12. Romans 15:13

Whether you are grieving or trying to give solace to someone who is hurting, consider using this verse of Romans in your prayer. It states, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

13. Romans 5:3-4

We know that the phrase “rejoice in our sufferings” sounds impossible right now, but consider this verse from Paul’s letter to the Romans. These verses state, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

14. Psalm 42

Those of you who feel comforted when spending time in nature may appreciate this psalm. It begins, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” You may also appreciate the hymn created from the text from this verse.

Bible Verses for a Sick or Dying Pet

Is death quickly approaching for your pet? Here are some verses that speak to the eventuality of saying goodbye. You may feel some solace knowing that the death of your pet will end its suffering.

15. Psalm 143

This Psalm of David begins, “Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”

Many people in the Bible reach out to God when they are suffering. Consider these words of David.

16. Matthew 26:38

Jesus also experienced sadness when faced with death. In this passage, he is in the garden of Gethsemane, and he states, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”

17. Romans 8:18

When you are going through a difficult time, it’s challenging to think about the hope of the future. This verse from Romans states, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

18. Psalm 139

The death of your pet may make you suffer from loneliness or despair. Consider these comforting words from Psalm 139 that tells us that God knows us. This Psalm includes the lines, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

19. Philippians 4:4-9

Are you looking for peace regarding the death of your pet? Consider this often-quoted passage from the Bible, which says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

20. Psalm 23

This Psalm is often used to prepare someone for death. It may give you comfort on the loss of a pet. Many people find solace in thinking about pets crossing the rainbow bridge to find themselves in a sunny meadow. These verses also describe a beautiful natural setting full of green pastures and quiet waters.

Other Resources for When Someone Loses a Pet

If you recently lost a pet, you may consider having a ceremony that allows you to say goodbye. Sing songs, read passages from the Bible about grief and pray for comfort. You may also consider creating a tribute garden for your pet in a special place in your yard.

If you know someone who recently lost a pet, consider purchasing a photo frame or pet remembrance gift. You may also be interested in learning about pet sympathy eCards and other online sympathy resources. 

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