Bible Verses About Death: 20 Comforting Scriptures Quotes

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One of the most difficult things to deal with in life is the death of a loved one. Even for the Christian, death is a part of life. Unlike they that do not believe, the Christian has a blessed hope – that is the return of the Savior Jesus to catch up His Church and bring them to eternal life with Him and God the Father in Heaven. Here are some scripture quotes about death that I hope will comfort you .

As He Promised, He Will Do

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.”

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,  who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Bible Verses About DeathBecause of Calvary, We Live

2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” (King David speaking of his infant son who died)

John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 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.

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

In His Time, He Will Do

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Philippians 1:23-24 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 John 3:1-2 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Safe In His Arms, Now and Forever

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (Jesus speaking)

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 14:8 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.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

Christian Quotes About Death

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ Williams Penn

 “When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

 “It is better for me to die in behalf of Jesus Christ, than to reign over all the ends of the earth.” ~ Ignatius of Antioch

 “He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.” ~ Matthew Henry

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

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Eveni Levi February 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Hi author great stuff!, author said that Christianity is not a one week thing! it’s a daily thing, Christianity is a minute to minute, hour to hour thing! always repenting when the mind doesn’t line up with “GOD”s. Praise “GOD”!, scripture says Praise “HIM” now!! while we stand strong!, for when we hit the gravesite its too late, Praise “HIM” in prosperity so that were not ashamed to seek “HIS” face when snares and perils are amongst us. “GBTG” Gloryb2″GOD”


carolyn lee hamala August 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

i am finding all the information something I want to learn more about. Absolutely everything I saw I want to read. I am going to try and get a lot of it printed out… My husband is stage 4 cancer and we have so much going on in our lives at this point. We pray that we aren’t going to need a lot of the things that you talk about in this but I am wanting to learn it all.


David Roche December 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

Carolyn, you are loved, and we are praying for you, that God’s will be done in your life. Run to Him. He will not disappoint. My dad has cancer. I have watched it break his body, but never his spirit. Christ is ours, and we are His. Let us look to Him.


Erika J Hubbard January 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm

My 24 year old passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in August 2015. My mother passed away in January 2014. I never experienced such hurt and pain. The lost of a child however, can only be explained by those who’ve gone through such. I’m reading God’s word, praying and seeking Him like never before. I’ve always believed in God, His word and what shall come. What I’ve read from these articles have really blessed me.


julie cannegieter April 8, 2016 at 11:38 pm

I enjoyed reading the verses . They were comforting. I lost my husband in a motorcycle accident in 1991. I turned to God for quite awhile learning to be closer to him and to hear that small voice in my heart I prayed eventually for a good husband and it took a little while but God helped me find the right man.


Duane J Witherspoon April 10, 2016 at 4:30 am

My twin sister is in stage 4 colon cancer and I have PulmonaryFibrosis.We’re 67 right now.We both are saved and love the Lord. I’ve read these scriptures before,but when they become something you’re looking at they take on a whole new meaning. It’s comforting to know God’s Promises and His Word.And to know He’s Faithful. So however He works it out with us, I believe we are both going to see each other again. That’s the conciliation through the pain and hurt of the possible loss. Of course you think about your children, Grandchildren, siblings and other family. Our prayer is that the unsaved ones will get saved, study the word and be obedient to Jesus’s commands. We would appreciate your prayers. Be blessed in Jesus name!


Mapaballo July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I am speechlesss! The qoutes are v comforting thank you


Charlie July 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 says that the “dead in Christ will rise first”. But, you say that the moment we die, we go to be with the God. I’m not sure I understand. Can you clarify?


Jack Wellman July 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Thank you Charlie. That verse corresponds to Jesus return but if you die before that happens, you are with the Lord. Make sense?


Sharon Wagner October 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

my brother passed into glory and my family believe that he has visited them during their worst periods of grieving and continues to visit and it has now been 8 months. I do not believe this, I think perhaps angels have visited? What scripture can I read about this subject?


Jack Wellman October 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Thank you Sharon. There is no absolutely no biblical evidence that a person can come back from being with the Lord to visit family. Angels do not do such things, even once, in the Bible.


Farid October 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Thank you for the bible verses, I needed this right now. Praise Jesus the son of God almighty!


David February 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I have a dear elderly friend who is dying with terminal cancer. I need some encouraging words of scripture to give to him, but don’t know what is appropriate to give. He is a believer in Jesus Christ.


Jack Wellman February 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I am sorry this heartache my friend. Why not use these in the article David? There are 20 Scriptures that are just for this occasion sir. I hope they help.


Jamel Fletcher February 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

This is really comforting to know. I am looking for ways to resassure, comfort and support my mother whose mother (my grand mother) who’s not really on her death bed so to speak, but has been sick off and on since 2009. She is now in a nursing home and she has suffered another stroke. My mom whom I consider to be a woman of faith at times let’s it waiver and her flesh gets the best of her. I’m trying to get her to a place of understanding that it’s ok to be at peace with this and the only reason I feel that she is still hanging on is because she (my grandmother) is waiting for her 7 children to be at peace with her going home to be with the Lord. In the weeks since this comment she has stopped eating. She signed a form stating that she did not want to be on a feeding tube and she also has a DNR. She is/has been really suffering for the last 8 years, and it’s not getting any better, and my mom and her siblings just can’t see it. Some of them even go so far as to say it’s all in her head and she’s FAKING! Now, bear in mind my grandmother is only 74 years old, and this is no accident her ending up in this position. It’s years of misinformation, stubbornness, blatant ignorance of her generation, and just absolute down right refusal to to right and take care of herself. I’m really in prayer for my mom and her siblings that they can come to terms with her condition and allow her to go peacefully when she’s ready.


Carlos Barralaga February 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

The Lord told my grandmother that she will be cured from her cancer that she has had for eight years, from this day. All of my family believe it is time for her to go but if God told her she will be cured, I have to believe her right? Do you have any advice for me? Should I believe my family.


Jack Wellman February 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Hello Mr. Barralaga. The Bible never promises everyone will be healed. The Apostle Paul prayed three times and God said His grace was sufficient. What troubles me about this is that they should be praying for God’s will. What if your grandmother wants to go home to be with the Lord. Should we pray, God keep our grandma here and heal her, when God wants to answer her prayer to end her pain, suffering, and the pains of old age. God does not speak to us through others, perhaps a pastor in a sermon, but this is how God speaks to us: In His written Word, the Bible, otherwise, these people who are speaking for God are basically saying, “Thus says the Lord” and that is a very dangerous place to be for them. The Bible says, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” (Heb 1:1-2). Even the Lord’s prayer mentions over and over to “pray for they will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and not “our will on earth without knowing God’s will in heaven.” Do not believe them. Trust God. God knows the day of our death and no man does. Stand firm on the Word my brother. SOme of the worst persecution comes from those who have this “Word from God.”


Joseph M. Butler August 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

My wife was taken to be with the Lord on January 3, 2017, after battling cancer for over three years. We were married for almost 39 years and losing her was, and is, the most painful event that has ever happened in my life. My mother, who was living with us, had died in February of 2014, the same month that we found out my wife’s cancer, after surgery, had spread. There is no comfort in this world that has alleviated my pain, except the comfort of God’s Word. Thank you for spreading the Word that will comfort others, if they only accept Christ. Praise God for His Son Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.


Rhonda Dobraski February 26, 2018 at 8:04 am

My brother passed away on February 16th 2018 it was his birthday, he was fighting cancer with a brain tumor. We are having our on family and friends gathering at the park that our family has always gathered at. I’mtrying to figure out comforting words to say to everyone in plain English, because not all of them are serving the Lord. Please give me some suggestions on this. Thank you


Jack Wellman February 26, 2018 at 8:42 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I would say that it is not goodbye for those who trusted in Christ because they will see him again, but for those who have not yet repented and believed, it is goodbye. You can comfort the Christians among you with this verse: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13) but cannot comfort those who don’t know Christ. Just tell them that he’s not dead but with the Lord and leave it at that. It is hard to comfort those not serving the Lord.


Dicky Tampubolon March 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm



JJ May 26, 2018 at 8:25 pm

I still dont see when we die now where we go though?


Jack Wellman May 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Hello JJ. Here is something you can read that might help you and I pray it does. Thank you my friend.


Debra picchetti March 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Where r all of the scriptures that state we will b familiar with family and friends in heaven? When people pass and they r saved, people say you will see them again if u accept Jesus into your heart…I am looking for the scriptures??? Please help!!!! Thank you


Jack Wellman March 17, 2019 at 8:22 am

Hello Debra. Thank you for your question. Please read this to see more about knowing our lost loved ones in heaven:


james October 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

A friend of mine just found out that her 8 month old daughter (in foster care temporarily) was mauled and killed by a dog hours after a scheduled visit. She is in treatment to get her daughter back but now will never see her again in this life. Please help me with some good news to give her that she can understand in good from the bad. Or words of comfort. This just happened a few hours ago.


Abby A. December 29, 2018 at 9:37 am

My husband passed away on Christmas morning, 12-25-2018, leaving his 4 year old son and 17 year old daughter and myself to mourn his death. These verses have brought peace into my heart knowing he is with the Lord and suffering no more. I know now to celebrate his life on earth. He was well loved and a kind and caring man. It is well within my soul. We will be with him again one day


Ola April 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Pls i want to know if @ the end of days that is @ the end of this world the righteous ones are to live on a new paradise on earth forever or in heaven with christ becos people do say we will reign with christ in heaven.


Jack Wellman April 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Hello Ola. Please read this about the New Jerusalem which will descend out of heaven on the New Earth, and yes, the Bible says we shall reign with but under Christ…perhaps no tall will have that position, based upon what they’ve done here for the Lord on earth. Please read this:


Esther January 6, 2020 at 12:51 am

I lost my mother on 22 of may 2019 she was not just my mom she was my bff my protector and my motivation she was my father she had to fill his duties when he passed away on October 15 1982 a few months after I was born he left her with 4 babies to raise alone and even thought we didn’t have much growing up she made sure that she showered us with her unconditional love and time she always made sure we knew that she was my everything I don’t have that feeling of comfort & true love no more..i don’t think that god cares about me?!?!?


Jack Wellman January 6, 2020 at 8:57 am

Hello Esther. None suffered more than Jesus and He was innocent. God proved His love for you by sending His sinless Son to die for you. What more proof do you need. read the Book of Job and see that God does not make us suffer because He doesn’t love us. Please call your pastor and speak with him right away. Don’t put this off. The enemy is making you feel this way, not God.


doug October 20, 2020 at 10:52 am

Christ spoke plainly about His second coming; about how He would descend from heaven to establish His globe-girdling, world-ruling kingdom! It is only those who are wholly ignorant of His powerful prophecies and the GOOD NEWS He brought who could believe His kingdom is “here, now.”
        Christ said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days [described in the preceding verses] shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken [see Rev. 6 for another description of these “heavenly signs” which will precede the Day of the Lord, and Christ’s return]:
        “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn,


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