15 Comforting Bible Verses For Funerals

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Imagine what it will be like to be surrounded by the glory of God. You have arrived in your eternal home – Heaven.  This is the blessed hope of every believer. But before we get there we sometimes see loved ones go before us. At the funeral of a believer we can celebrate the home going, but as humans we still mourn for the time that we will miss them in our earthly home. Funerals do not have to be sad; we can be comforted with what the Bible promises. Take time to think about Heaven, watch and listen to the video to the right, it is quite comforting. Read these fifteen comforting Bible verses for funerals.  Share them with someone who might need some help finding good verses for a funeral.

Comfort: Assurance & Hope 

Job 19:25-26 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted… “ (Jesus’ words)

John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (Jesus’ words)

1 Corinthians 15:56-57 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Comfort Because He Cares for Us 

Psalms 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I 

Psalms 94:19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. 

Isaiah 41:10, 13 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand … For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

God Has a Great Plan for All 

Psalms 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted 

Romans 14:7-9 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 

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Jack Wellman October 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I would be hardpressed to find better Scriptures my good friend. Its interesting that this article soon followed the one on Praying for the Dying. Ironic, isn’t it…or is it? God is sovereign and the Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways.


Pam Williams October 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Yes I noticed that. Continuity and harmony of the Scriptures. I love it when that happens!


Christian Sam Nketiah April 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

Good work God richly bless you.


Pamela Rose Williams April 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hello Christian Sam Nketiah, God has richly blessed me with wonderful, encouraging readers like you. Thank you my friend.


Marthe July 17, 2012 at 5:20 am

Hallelujah! I thank God for you and your work here.
Specially 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 is like made for me to read in my great grandmothers funeral!
Hold on! God Bless you and yours<3

-14 years old Christian girl in Norway-


Sarah Walker August 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

We just lost a close family friend this morning to a brain tumor. She was the most Christ like lady I knew. She was only 47 years old. She has been struggling with this battle for a while. She had been sleeping a lot at the end of her battle. She was reaching up and her husband asked her what she was doing. She replyed reaching for Jesus. He replied, Go to him. There was two other things like this that happened this past week. Our hearts are broken but we know she is in a better place. These verses have lifted my spirits a little bit. Thank you for sharing.


Linda September 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I myself went through the same. I had a brain tumor slept a lot, then slipped into a coma 35 years ago. I was not saved, it was not my time to go yet. Recently, I have been blessed and am ready to go. Since she is Christ-like, believe me she is embracing a new place. Do not be sad. Pray that you receive the grace of God as well.


Manganyi given September 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

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Parvaiz Alam November 9, 2012 at 5:07 am

Dear Brother/Sister,
Christian greetings its very great and impressive information on this site or page May God bless you all


Maima December 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

We’ve just been congegating in one of pastor’s home who lost his Mum…. indeed it is great and there is alot of hope among them that are in Christ Jesus.


Matt Howard January 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Very helpful article – a good reference


Jim April 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thank you so much for putting these scriptures in this beautiful order, they bring great comfort and help.


Tony Lartey April 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

Very encouraging. Good work. God bless you.


Mapulamaseko May 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

Thanks very much for putting these scriptures in order they are helpful.


Mapulamaseko May 14, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thanks very much for putting these scriptures in order they are helpful.!!!


Gideon Benadie June 15, 2013 at 3:48 am

I found your website via Google for Scriptures related to the loss of a loved one.

Well, I found so much more. I have now liked your FaceBook page, and will keep up to date.

May God be an encouragement to you as you serve Him; just in the way that your material encouraged and blessed me today.

In Christ
Gideon F [Deon] Benadie
34 Rotherfield Road
Cape Town
South Africa


Angela Phillips July 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I have recently lost a dear friend of my own. We had just discussed our plans for attending the fair this year and had just counted down the number of days until it would come. She passed the next day at her home. I was looking for scriptures of comfort when I found your website it has been very helpful to me because I was feeling very depressed. Thank for the scriptures of God’s Word for us during a time of sorrow. Thank you


Orlene July 23, 2013 at 1:50 am

Thank you. My friend just had her 12yr old neice murdered by her father (my friends brother-in-law) in the UK…she still unable to handle the loss. I’ve given her a few of these scriptures to comfort her..thank you and GOd bless you Sister Williams for putting these up.


Mark Hatley August 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

My father is fighting cancer in his lungs,brain,liver and spine. The cancer has taken a load on him as I write this. It is very aggressive. I’m a Christian, and I talk to our Lord everyday. I’ve been trying to write a few pages about my Father, to prepare for his victory. Any suggestions you can give, would be appreciated. Ty and God Bless You!


Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Thank you Mr. Hatley for your comment. As for any suggestions, let me first say that not everyone is healed and God never promises to heal everyone. God alone is sovereign and His will is more important than ours. Why claim victory when we don’t know His will for your father? Let me say that you should read Psalm 37 which says we are to wait upon, trust in, rely on, rest in, and let God be God and His will be done, for His will is always best over what we think or what we want. What if you claim victory in front of others and your father and he dies? Could not this damage or undermine some people’s faith?

Paul prayed 3 times to be healed and never was, Timothy had stomach issues, one of Paul’s friends nearly died, etc. Pray for God’s will over our own and then trust God with the results and let God be God.


Shanice March 24, 2015 at 1:00 am

Greetings, Mr.Hatley may the good God that sit high and look low be with you . Let God, trust, ask him for strength. The Bible claims those that wait upon the Lord ,he shall renew their strength. Honestly, this God fearing man gave you the best suggestions ever.


shonell November 15, 2018 at 6:51 am

hi I know this was posted long time . Don’t know the condition of your father but I have lost my father to cancer tyhis year January .It has left an empty space in my heart what I do is remember the memories the times we spent together. Most of all he gave his life to the Lord before he died that’s the best news I can ever hear . Our plans are not his plans all we can do is trust him will like to hear more from you. my dad died from 4 stage colon cancer


Tabi October 20, 2013 at 6:18 am

thank you for article. It was of big help confort a friend.


LaShon January 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I thank you all for the scriptures and comments. My brothers and I just lost our mom on Dec 19th. Needless to say the holidays were tough. We know she’s resting with the LORD. We’ll miss her dearly. We’re all grown but that is our mama. I was the only girl with five brothers. My mom was my friend. We talked everyday. Please say a prayer for us.


Tasha February 27, 2014 at 2:47 am

Whenu Grandmother passed away 2 years ago this month the verse from Revelations for me through the one about His being withbhisnpeople and them with God that there will be no more sorrow crying pain bevausebrhe old order of things are gone I know reuse aren’t the words and I am working on memorizing it because oit is a favorite of mine it comforted me. I remember looking into her eyes and seeing the pain she was relying to hide and the week before she died which was unexpected she told us she was tired of course we said get some sleep Gram and she said no I’m tired she flew down hill after that she used to say she wouldn’t go until she knew we would be OK she was o. Hospice for twenty years she had a cancer that ate at her organs and eventually went to her brain the night of her death I had to say goodbye 5 times because it never dealt right after reading that verse I told here it was OK she could to and it bothered me when others were begging her to hold on I wanted her to led go not because I wanted her gone if I could have my gram I would be thrilled but because I wanted here to be with the God she lived so much to be happy and healthy and ground and to be waiting for all of us I know I will see her again. My brother is 34 he’s blind and has the kind of a 4 year old when she was taking her last breaths he started laughing and said Gram go with the angels they’re waiting for you my Gram looked up and my Mom and sister said she smiled and passed right then I had to leave before she passed I wouldn’t have been able to handle seeing that but I know it was God yelling me to make sure I said goodbye that’s why I had to go back 5 timed I had to say everything I needed to because I could feel it would be my last chance I wish I would have seen this site then though that 1 verse helped me so much I feel even more comforted with all these added Imiss her everyday and I wish I would have known these things when I lost my Palo and then my best friend 2 years later he was only 20 he had leukemia I took those deaths extremely hard and when my uncle passed unexpectedly in his sleep a year ago leaving 5 young children and a wife I handled it better and could comfort my fsmily my uncle knew God was calling him he had marked verses in his bible that were about that very thing those were all that were marked so I believe God was telling him he was laid off from work so his last 6 months if life were spent as a stay at home Dad so God gave him that time I can’t wait to see them all again


Mathis February 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

I am writing a play currently that requires scripture for a funeral scene. This article was very helpful. Maybe you could add Psalm 23 to your article! Thanks again!


Shanice March 24, 2015 at 12:54 am

Can I act out a character that sing in your play when your finish.


Rene' March 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I was asked to read a scripture at a loved one’s funeral and stumbled upon this site. This was very helpful and meets my needs. Thank you.


Martha Ellen April 1, 2015 at 9:34 am

How does one comfort someone who has lost an unborn baby? The scriptures on your site have helped me to find a few words to write to a young wife who just miscarried. We can say that the baby was ‘born into Heaven.’ Do you know of a book that might give this young couple comfort in knowing that their preborn baby waits for them in Heaven? They are devout Christians. Thank you again for this site.


Jack Wellman April 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

Thank you Mrs. Ellen for your kind-hearted desire to help such grieving parents. Here is a small, inexpensive book called “Do Babies Go to Heaven?” at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Do-Babies-Go-Heaven-Suffering/dp/1449947522


Chris October 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

Thank you for this work. This article greatly helped me get verses for my Grandfather’s funeral.


Pamela Rose Williams October 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Hello Chris — I am so happy that you found this article to be helpful in your time of need. All glory to God!


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Gab June 16, 2016 at 7:23 am

I am not so familiar with these info, glad I discover something relevant.


Charles September 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! The scriptures you provided were very uplifting and a clear reminder of His love for us.


Felix Martinez January 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Outstanding Verses from the WORD! It will not return void . . .


Chester August 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

I would like to know whether women are allowed to preach the word of God.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Hello Chester. Please read this to find your answer but it’s also found in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1. https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/should-women-be-pastors-or-elders-of-a-church-a-bible-study/


Denver March 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm

1 tim 3 is talking about qualities that must be found in church leaders eg bishops ,elders ,deacons etc its not inline with the preaching of women


Jack Wellman March 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Hello Denver and thank you for your comment. It is “not inline with the preaching of women” because it the Bible does not allow a woman to preach. Only a deaconess is an office for a woman in the church, although we know that the older women are told to teach the younger women. First Tim 3 is specific about why women are not to preach, so it is inline with Scriptures over church leaders.


Minister Lenora Shaw December 3, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Thank you for your scriptures for comfort and encouragement. I recent lost my nephew, he had given his life to the Lord. He was brut stabbed by his girlfriend and died. He was only 32 when he departed this earth. I have been asked to read Old Testament Scripture at the funeral can you suggest some for the family.


Jack Wellman December 4, 2020 at 9:22 am

I am so sorry for your loss…this must be so difficult to deal with. I like 2 Cor 5:8 & John 11:25.


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