Bible Verses for Bereavement: 10 Helpful Scripture Quotes

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The promises that come from God’s holy word are what we have to hold us up on any day and especially when we are experiencing grief. Are you grieving today at the loss of a loved one? Please use these Bible verses about bereavement as a comfort for you today. Feel free to print this out and keep these verses with you to remind you of what God has said through the Bible.


Isaiah 66:13  As one whom his mother comforts,  so I will comfort you;   you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Matthew 5:4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD,  and he will sustain you;he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

He leads me beside still waters

Psalm 23 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness  for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

Hope In Eternal Life

John 11:25-26  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?”

John 14:1-3 “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.

John 6:35-40 Jesus said to them,  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. ForI have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me,  that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, butraise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father,  that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”


John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Christian Quotes About Bereavement

“Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.”  ~ William Ralph Inge

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.”  ~ Francis Bacon

“No man who is fit to live need fear to die. To us here, death is the most terrible thing we know. But when we have tasted its reality it will mean to us birth, deliverance, a new creation of ourselves. It will be what health is to the sick man; what home is to the exile; what the loved one given back is to the bereaved. As we draw near to it a solemn gladness should fill our hearts. It is God’s great morning lighting up the sky. Our fears are the terror of children in the night. The night with its terrors, its darkness, its feverish dreams, is passing away; and when we awake it will be into the sunlight of God.”  ~ Thomas Fuller

“Oh, when we are journeying through the murky night and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed; and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrance and hidden strength in the remembrance of Him as “in all points tempted like as we are,” bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us.”  ~ Alexander MacLaren

“This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me. “ ~ Charles Spurgeon

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10 Bible Verses for a Bad Day–  These truths from God’s Holy Word will surely lift your spirits.

The Promises of God in the Bible–  What are some of the great things that God has promised us?

The Words of Jesus–  Check our this quotes from our Lord and savior


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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Izarene Adams March 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I am a widow and live alone .I enjoy reading the verses and listening to the songs


diana ortega June 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

I lost my son,and would like to receive bible quotes,to bear the grieve.


Josh June 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm


I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will say a prayer for you today. We have several Bible verse lists by topic that you can find verses that will help. Here is the link:


Betsy July 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

I lost my husband in January. During his illness, many of our church family supported us with meals, cards, visits and phone calls. After my husbands passing and memorial, all of that support stopped. Does the Bible talk about what God would have us to do for people who are dealing with grief and really need support from their church family?


Pamela Rose Williams July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi Betsy, I saw your comment come in and thought I would respond to you. Absolutely the Bible talks about supporting the “widows in deed”. Paul wrote something about this in his 1st letter to Timothy. You can read it in 1 Timothy chapter 5. Just to summarize for you, the advice is that other family members, like your children or nephews should first help you and when they are unable than the Church should take care or you. Paul also qualifies who should be considered a “widow indeed”.

I hope this is helpful for you and please know that I will hold you up in prayer as your grieve your beloved.


Pamela Rose Williams July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

One more thing Betsy. There is a such thing as grief counseling. Your pastor may offer that to you, but if not, look for a Biblical Counselor who can help you out here. If you need help finding one near you please call me at my other ministry, Selah Mountain Ministries, and I will find one for you in your area — 505-323-3770, I answer the phones there.


Alain July 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

My dad just passed away about 6 hrs ago. Please i need you to remember my family in your prayers.


kate August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Walk disiplined in Gods word and you will find healing. But it takes time! He will comfort you more than any other being really is able to.


Rich December 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’ ~Psalm 147:3

We lost Dad on November 2, 2001 shortly after 911. With all that he was fighting physically, we believe the attack on the towers was the coup de grâce that took away his will to live.

Grieving and mourning is a process and God is the anchor to heal your wounds. Look to Him, trust in Him and know that He understands your pain. You and your family will be in our prayers!


DAWN August 30, 2012 at 1:51 am

Hi There

I would like to have a verse that I can send my friend. Her husband passed away on the 3/9/2011 and I would like to send her a message to help her. They lived like one person in there marriage di everything together and she is really find it hard to cope. please help.
Thanking you


Alain August 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

These are the two bible verses i gave to my mum last month when my dad passed away. Hope it helps your friend find comfort in this time of distress—-James 1:2-4, Isaiah 43:2


Erin September 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Finally! I lost my mother in February and have been very bitter and angry during this time. I stumbled upon your site and finally found verses to help me. Thank you! May God bless you.


Ray Crossman October 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

My wife died in December 2006 and the grief was like being struck by a baseball bat.
The shock only began to lift only when I was given prayer accompanied by the laying on of hands.
I pray that yu receive the peace that surpasses all understanding from the Holy Spirit – in Jesus’ name.


Pule October 2, 2012 at 4:56 am

Lost a baby through miscarrage, please prray with me..


Ray Crossman October 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

Dear friends,
Bereavement should be one of the topics churches should be dealing with more caringly.
My hope and prayer is that this topic be more widely and openly discussed in churches for all people in a congregation will at some stage experience it. Jesus suffered and mourned over John the baptist. To those who mourn be prayed over by the laying on of hands – that the comfort from Jesus flows for your restoration. Amen


Jeff February 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Lost my wife 28 days ago.

Thank you for your website.

May God bless your ministry.



Steven May 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

I am sorry for your guys loss. I pray for all your comfort and joy to be more active then before, rejoice in Jesus name give thanks for ever meeting your loved ones because they were a gift from god, a blessing. And will soon be together again at the lords second coming.

I have pain in my left arm, had the feeling all day pain, I prayed for my pain in my arm to go awAy. Still have the pain and wondering if I prayed wrong or angry not sure but please say a prayer for me 🙂


riza June 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

thanks that I found this site, it’s very helpful. The words of God really comfort me in this very depressing moment when I have to muster up strength to start moving on after the death of my beloved Uncle due to colon cancer… May God heal my wounded heart completely!


Al July 7, 2013 at 12:23 am

It has been one year since I divorced, it has been difficult for me. I don’t know if I did the right thing by the action, but now I have to live with her absence in my life. It feels like somebody died in my life. I know it was the decision but there are days I regret it


Betsy July 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm


Even though you have lost your spouse through divorce vs. death, it is still a very real loss for some. You will grieve just as someone who lost a spouse to death. It is true that time heals all wounds. I lost my husband 18 months ago and he was my soul mate. Best 6 years of my life gone. I have had a rough time as well, but find comfort in knowing that some day I will see my love again in heaven. Prayer is a good healer.


Linda Workman January 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm

I agree absolutely. You also grieve when a person you love is imprisoned by addiction.


wendy August 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I am looking for scripture for a couple that lost both their children in an accident. Their faith was strong but now they are just devasted..


Linda December 27, 2013 at 3:26 am

My wonderful husband of 48 years passed away Dec. 11, 2013. I feel lost the waves of grieve comes at any give moment. I have support from my Pastor, church family, school teachers, and my son.


Dorin April 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

My husband died three years ago. I can’t get past the grief and feeling alone all the time. Most of the time I wish I had died instead of him.


Betsy April 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm


It has been two years for me since the loss of my soul mate. I totally understand your loneliness. I still have moments of emotion that I miss him so very much. I would like to suggest a couple of things that helped me with my grief. We were only married for six years. We married in my living room and reception was outside. The outfits we wore were in a wine color since it was fall. I took his shirt and my dress to my sister who is crafty and had her make two throw pillows. She took the arms from his shirt and sewed them around the pillow to look like a hug. When ever I miss him, I hug that pillow and have a good cry. Crying is good for healing. I also did a scrap book of the special things that reminded me of him for the six wonderful years were together. You would be surprised how therapeutic that can be as well. Hope this helps. God is with you and loves you. Lean on Him He will see you through.


precious October 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Josh.


Keith Gaze September 30, 2016 at 12:21 am

Dear Josh

I recently lost my father, whom I took out to a
Father’s Day lunch a our nearby
‘Returned Soldiers League’ Club, a regular outing
for us each.

As eldest son ( yet single, and somewhat limited
physically myself ),
I really felt like crying just before the Service
( and had already in private at my own home
for the days immediately after Dad’s passing.

Whilst he seemed fit, it isn’t clear exactly what
happened, and whilst he was partially revived
at the scene, and later transferred by Ambulance
to a nearby Hospital, he died in my presence
once life support was removed.

Our loss of our father, a decent, ‘quiet achiever’,
I find to be a great
‘test’ of my own ( Christian ) faith :
even though we
arranged a fitting Christian Service for Dad,
who remained committed as ( originally he was a
on what would have been his 92nd Birthday
( for which he had a plan and invitations already ),

I, my sister, and my brother, are feeling a
major loss.

I know he may well be re-united with Mum,
to whom he had been devoted for 61 years
of happily married life, she pre-deceased Dad.

I do have access to ( limited ) Support, and shall
access this.

Even though we know full well that these things
WILL happen, one is not prepared to be the
‘final witness’ – as I was on that day, feeling so
powerless to help ( I called out, of course, and
the Staff did their best, but the Ambulance took
25 minutes to arrive ).

Anyway, I’m sure I have ‘written too much’

We now have a lot to be done, as well as taking
care ( several friends’ support I have valued
in this ).

There is a Psalm about Grieving,
from a book named ‘Woman/Wisdom – do you
know that one ?

[ And, thanks for the resources you do have
here – to ‘me’, ‘every bit helps’, this is help
from The LORD if one chooses to see it that way ].



Annabe Gabales December 4, 2016 at 6:27 am

Hi. My husband died over a month ago from renal carcinoma. Even though I know that he is now with our Lord Jesus Christ, I still miss him so much. Our two sons (ages 15 & 19 years old) are missing him so much too. We cry every now and then. I feel lonely and incomplete…that something is missing.


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