22 Powerful Bible Verses About Grief, Mourning & Loss

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Most people experience the worst times of their lives when they lose someone they love. Many individuals turn to Bible passages when they mourn the death of someone they love. These Bible verses are comforting for anyone, whether they’re for Catholic funeral readings or for your own private prayer time. 

Do you need some calming words right now? Here are some verses that will help put your troubles and tribulations into perspective.

1. Psalm 9:9

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

The book of Psalms is one of the first places you should turn if you are experiencing grief. Psalms are often used in funeral scriptures for that particular reason. 

2. Psalm 18:2

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

How comforting it is to know that God acts as a fortress for all believers.

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3. Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Many people are familiar with these words. The verse is often used in movies, especially when someone is visiting another person on his or her deathbed. 

Have you ever stopped to think about what Psalm 23 means? A shepherd’s sole purpose in life is to care for the defenseless. But this shepherd doesn’t just give you water to drink. The Lord provides the material things in life and also restores your soul.

4. Psalm 27: 4-5

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.”

This verse provides comfort in two ways. It reminds you that your loved one is gazing upon the beauty of the Lord in Heaven. It also reminds us that even though we may be experiencing trouble while on Earth, God sets you “high upon a rock” to protect you.

5. John 11:35

This is the shortest verse of the Bible. It says, “Jesus wept.” This means that nobody is promised against sorrow or pain. 

6. Psalm 34:18

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” If you are still and quiet, you may feel the Lord’s presence near you, but you may need to stop and listen for it.

7. Psalm 147:3

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God heals our broken hearts, even when we lose someone we love. Unfortunately, there is no timetable for grief but you can cling to the promise that God heals broken hearts.

8. Isaiah 25:8

This verse begins with the phrase, “He will swallow up death forever. The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Christians have taken comfort in knowing that death is not the end. This verse is a promise that God made that was fulfilled in the New Testament.

9. Isaiah 40

One verse in this chapter of Isaiah reads, “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” The “they” in this passage refers to “those with hope in the Lord.” 

10. John 14:1

Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Later in this passage, Jesus continues by saying, “My father’s house has many rooms.” Those who are grieving may be comforted knowing that their loved one lives in these rooms with Jesus and that there’s a room prepared fr them.

11. Joshua 1:9

Are you feeling weak and sorrowful? Remember God’s command to be “strong and courageous.” Why should we feel strong instead of weak, especially if you lose someone you love? Because “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

12. Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

You may consider turning to grief support blogs during your time of sadness in addition to seeking solace from the Bible. Some blogs are written with a Christian perspective.

13. Matthew 5:4

This section of the New Testament is known as the Beatitudes. This particular verse says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Jesus says these words to his followers on his sermon on the mount. 

14. Revelation 21:4 

John wrote the book of Revelation, a book of prophecy. In it, Christians are promised, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

15. 1 Peter 5:7

“Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.” 

Sometimes people say that the Bible is too hard to understand, but this verse seems simple. Christians are directed by God not to worry. This reminder is found in numerous places throughout the Bible. 

16. John 3:16

This verse, another of the most famous ones found in the Bible, says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 

This is one of the most important promises ever written.

17. Nehemiah 8:10 

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Do you know someone who is able to find joy in any situation? Maybe that person has taken this verse to heart. 

18. Psalm 86:17

“Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” 

Are you looking for a prayer for healing? Consider using this verse during prayer or meditation.

19. Psalm 30:5

“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” It may feel as if being able to rejoice is a long way off if you recently lost someone, but this verse can give you hope that you may feel happiness again someday.

20. Psalm 55:22

This verse begins, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Some Christians may have a hard time remembering to give their troubles to God, even though there are dozens of verses in the Bible that remind you to do so. 

21. John 16:22

This verse says: “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” 

If you are struggling with the idea of ever finding joy again, you may consider speaking with a minister or a counselor. You may also consider turning to an online support group for assistance. 

22. Psalm 46:10

This verse begins, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

This command to “be still” can be extremely difficult. When death comes to a family member, the others are inundated with things to do. They must inform others, take care of the final arrangements, and make plans to distribute the deceased’s belongings. 

Those who pre-plan their funerals give loved ones the gift of being able to pause and be still during grief. You can’t hear and understand the promises of God if you are always busy taking care of the business of life.

Words of Comfort

Consider sharing these words of comfort with someone who recently lost a friend or family member. These words may give relief and ease a troubled heart. These words may also give you the courage and strength to go on with life, even when faced with a difficult situation. 

Remember that some Christians (even those who have faith in the promises of God) experience despair or depression. If you are feeling profound sadness, talk with a member of the clergy and a mental health professional. 


Sources

  1. The Bible. www.bible.com/ 

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