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16 Bible Verses About Loss And The Death Of A Loved One

Use these Bible verses about loss and the death of a loved one to find comfort and peace in God’s Word in the midst of your grief and heartache. 

In this life, almost all of us have experienced the pain of grief and loss at some point. One of the most difficult times in life is facing the death of a loved one, which causes us to encounter a painful season of mourning and grief as we try to cope with this overwhelming loss in our lives.

Dr. Henry Cloud says “Grief is the suffering that heals all the others. It is the most important pain there is…God calls us to enter into it voluntarily…It is the process by which we “let it go.” Because of that, it becomes the process by which we can be available for new good things.”

I think this is a powerful way to approach grief, which often is the most profound suffering a person can experience and yet there is great purpose and hope in the journey through mourning and grief.

It is important to remember that grieving is a natural process and indicates the depth of love and connection you felt for that person. Mourning is how we process the absence of that person in our lives and grief is the journey through which our loving God allows us to cope with our loss and brings healing into our lives.

No two people will grieve their loss in the same way and each person’s journey will contain mountains and valleys. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Give yourself the grace to experience emotions as they come and realize that God is using this time to help you accept your loss and move forward. 

While each person’s journey is unique, experts have identified four stages that most people encounter during the grieving process: shock and denial, intense concern during which a person is unable to think of anything but the loss, despair and depression, and recovery.

Remember that this pain will not last forever and regardless of where you are in processing the loss you have experienced, God is walking with you. He will not abandon you. He will carry you through the most difficult days and He will rejoice with you on the days you are able to remember your loved one with fondness and gratitude. 

There are several important lessons that God may teach you as you grieve your loss. Many of these may not be evident in the initial period of mourning but know that your pain is not in vain. Grief teaches us how to relate to others as we develop a much deeper sense of compassion and begin to share our story with others. 

Grief teaches us perspective in life as we are forced to slow down, learning to be grateful for the blessings God has given us in the present moment.

Grief also teaches us about the importance of our emotions. Allow yourself time to feel each emotion and then turn them over to God for healing. Grief also teaches us how to accept help from others; allow others to serve you, love you, and walk with you.

Finally, grief teaches us how to depend on God. God can comfort us, help us, and move us through grief to the other side where healing and recovery are possible.

Often, a person will experience a deeper intimacy with the Lord during the season of mourning as they cry out to Him day and night. Remember the ways that God proves Himself faithful to you during your darkest nights and the sweet moments of peace.

One of the most powerful ways in which God can shine His light into the depth of your pain and grief is by speaking to you through His word.

Below we have listed several Bible verses about the loss and death of a loved one. I pray that these verses will bring healing and solace to you during this difficult time following the death of a loved one.

Bible Verses About Mourning The Loss Of A Loved One

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1. Isaiah 25:8 – The Lord Wipes Away Your Tears

He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:8

The Lord sees your pain and knows that you are suffering so greatly as you mourn the loss of your loved one. He is with you in the deepest moments of your pain and will never leave you to face these hardest moments alone. 

But He also wants you to remember that death does not have the final say and we can look forward to the day when death will forever be swallowed up. Cling to the hope that God will take your pain away. 

God is holding you, wiping your tears away, whispering words of love over you. But there is coming a day when there will be no more tears! Cling to the hope of Christ as He gives you the strength to walk through this season of mourning.

2. Psalm 116:15 – God Cares For Us in Our Dying Moments

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15

It is incredibly devastating to watch a loved one die and can cause us to feel helpless to comfort our beloved. Sometimes our loved ones are surrounded by friends and family in their final moments, and other times death is sudden and unsuspected. However, regardless of the situation, the Lord Himself is there comforting and loving His precious children as they die.

In the Amplified Bible, this verse reads: Precious [and of great consequence] in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones [so He watches over them]. We can be assured that it matters deeply to God when one of His loved ones faces death. It is precious in His sight and He is especially attentive to His godly ones as they die, comforting them throughout their entire journey into heaven.

One of my sisters in Christ envisions the Lord cradling the head and caressing the arms of people as they die. I pray that it is a comfort to you as you mourn their loss to know that they were not alone and were intimately cared for during the dying process.

3. Matthew 5:4 – Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

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

Although mourning the loss of a loved one can be incredibly difficult as you learn how to continue living your life on this earth without this person by your side, it is actually an expression of how profound your love and connection with this person is. There can be tender moments of gratitude as you remember what a blessing your loved one was in your life.

As Jesus is describing the kingdom of God to His followers on the Sermon on the Mount, He tells us that blessed are all those who mourn because they will be comforted. Despite what this journey of grief and mourning looks like in your life, know that the presence of God is with you in a special and tender way during this time.

God is loving you, caring for you, comforting you, lavishing His mercies upon you, and you can trust that you will be comforted. He will not allow you to suffer forever, but He will soothe you and comfort you in ways you could have never imagined. Rest in the comfort of God.

4. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57 – Christ is Victorious

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57

While we live here on earth we face great pain and suffering because we live in a fallen world. The agony of being separated from those we so deeply love in our lives because of death is unimaginable at times, but remember that death does not have the final say.

Death is not victorious over our lives and one day the sting of death will be taken away for all eternity. We know how this story ends and it can be incredibly comforting in the depth of our grief to remember that we have the ultimate victory through our precious Lord Jesus Christ.

While we are called to persevere through this life filled with tribulations, God will be our strength and our hope to continue walking this life by faith. At the same time, even in the midst of our most painful moments, we can give thanks to God and praise His name that we have victory through Jesus Christ. We look forward to a future in which death is no more and there will be no more suffering.

5. John 16:22 – Your Grief Will Not Last Forever

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. John 16:22

There is a time of mourning and grieving after you lose someone special, and this is a critical part of the healing process. It is important to embrace your journey through the grieving process as you learn how to experience the full range of emotions that come with it as an integral part of how God allows you to process your loss. However, you can grieve with hope.

Now is the appropriate time to experience grief, but there is hope ahead and recovery is possible. Jesus promises that the day will come when you will rejoice, and no one will be able to take away your joy. God will minister His love and peace to your heart as you allow Him to direct your grieving process, and there will be a day when you have been restored and are able to experience abundant joy in your life once more.

Hold on to Jesus during the dark moments, allowing Him to speak truth and wisdom and healing into your life. And await the day when you can testify to the comfort, faith, and resilience God provided, rejoicing in the ways God has healed your heart.

Bible Verses For Comfort In Your Grief

1. Psalm 34:18 – God is Close to You

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

The death of a loved one often feels like the most traumatic experience that we could ever go through. It leaves us brokenhearted because the grief over the loss we feel is so immense. It can cause us to feel such deep emotions that we don’t even know how to put them into words. It literally takes our breath away.

However, the Lord promises that He is very near to all those who are brokenhearted and saves those who are absolutely crushed in spirit. Call out to Jesus and allow Him to meet you in that place of despair.

Even when you don’t know what to pray and what to say, just cry out the name “Jesus.” He loves you so much and He will run to you when you call unto Him. Allow His grace and love to minister to the deepest part of you. He will never fail you.

2. Psalm 30:5, 11-12 – Joy Will Come Again

Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning…You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:5, 11-12

Now you are mourning the deep loss of your loved one and experiencing deep grief, which is part of the process of healing emotionally from the trauma your soul has experienced. But know that this season will not last forever. God will turn your weeping and sense of loss into a rejoicing that will come again.

Trust that God will once again restore abundant joy into your life, and you will be able to smile again and embrace the exuberance of life once more. God is actively moving and working in your heart and spirit and He will not leave you at this point of despair.

God will turn your tears and heavy heart into dancing. He will take off your sackcloth, which signifies a season of mourning and grief, and He will clothe you with joy. Your heart will sing praises to God once more and you will not be silent about the profound and mighty things that God has done in your life. Cling to the hope of a better tomorrow and the truth that God is always faithful

3. Psalm 23 – The Lord Comforts and Refreshes You

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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 your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:1-6

This psalm has been such an incredible comfort to so many faithful followers of the ages. It is often read to those who are enduring the last days of their life on earth, but I think it is also an incredible comfort to all those who have experienced the loss of a friend or family member who was precious to them.

I suggest that you read and meditate on this psalm regularly as you journey through the grieving process, even committing certain parts of it to memory as it speaks to you. Different parts of this psalm will minister to you in different ways as you walk through various stages of the grieving process.

Remember that the Lord is always our shepherd. He is with us and tenderly watches over His sheep. He pursues each of us as we wander away from the land where we are safe and healthy. Follow His tender voice and allow Him to carry you when you cannot walk

Allow yourself to rest in the green pastures. Give yourself the grace to refresh yourself beside quiet waters, knowing that you may not be able to carry out your daily activities in the same way while you grieve. 

But most of all, remember even when you are walking through the darkest valleys, your Shepherd is with you and has not abandoned you. His love and goodness pursue you all the days of your life even when you cannot feel Him at work in your life. Trust that the Lord your Shepherd knows the best way to care for you at all times.

4. Psalm 119:50 – God’s Promises Preserve You

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50

As you allow God to comfort you and heal you through this time of loss, remember that God’s promises will save you and sustain you, even when it feels like the waves of grief are crashing over you threatening to drown you in sorrow.

All of God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus and they are just as true right now as they were when you experienced joy on the mountaintop with God. God will preserve your life, and He has placed the Holy Spirit within you to help you recall those precious truths of God at just the right moment.

Keep speaking the truth of God’s love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, and redemption to yourself even when your emotions seem to be in complete opposition to what His Word declares. God will honor your act of faith and His word will be the light upon your path. God is holding you and He will not let you go.

5. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – The God of Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

God is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…praise God! The word compassion comes from the Latin word meaning to bear with or suffer. God comes alongside you to bear your pain with the deep desire to alleviate your suffering. God cares so deeply for you that He longs to remove your pain and suffering for you.

But God not only feels deep love and compassion for you, but He is also the God of comfort who can ease your pain. His comfort alleviates our pain and restores us with peace. His love is more powerful than even our deepest sorrow, so bring your struggles to Him and trust that He is more than capable of giving you the comfort you long for.

God is so faithful to comfort you and His comfort is so profound that one day, in God’s perfect timing, the comfort you received in your moments of need will overflow out of your life and touch someone else who is struggling and facing difficulties. This verse reminds us that our comfort abounds to touch someone else’s life. God will redeem this time of suffering in your life!

6. John 14:27 – God Gives You Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

The grief that is experienced after the death of a loved one can be intensely painful and emotionally exhausting. The mourning you experience can leave you feeling absolutely desperate for just a little bit of relief. One of the most powerful ways that God can comfort you is by providing you with His peace.

He promises that we have access to an all-encompassing peace that He freely gives to us when we ask Him. This is not just a bandaid onto a bleeding wound like the world gives when we are distracted temporarily from our pain. This is a peace that absolutely engulfs us with the presence of God, a balm that heals from within.

God is so amazingly compassionate and loving, and He longs for you to be able to rest in the peace He alone can give. Pray that in the midst of your sorrow and grief, God will overwhelm you with His peace and His presence, quieting your weary heart and soul.

Scriptures To Help You In Your Grief

1. Psalm 73:26 – God Is My Strength

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

I know what it feels like to be hurting so deeply that it literally doesn’t feel like you can take one more breath of air. The grief that accompanies losing someone so dear can be paralyzing, causing you to wonder how you are going to survive five more minutes much less through another day. 

When your strength and heart are failing you, fall into the arms of Jesus and allow His strength to carry you. Trust that God will give you the strength you need to keep moving forward, and He is your portion– He is more than enough to provide everything you need for each day. He is more than sufficient for all of you, even in your weakest and darkest moments. 

2. Romans 8:35-39 – Nothing Can Separate You From God’s Love

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

God’s love for us is infinite, all-encompassing, sacrificial, everlasting, powerful, consuming, extravagant, and unfailing. His love is far beyond anything we can describe with our finite human minds. His love abides with us and is stronger and more enduring than even our most difficult life circumstances.

Paul reminds us here that there is absolutely nothing in all of creation that can separate us from the love of Christ. You are more than a conqueror in every life situation because of the love of Christ that will empower and sustain you. Even the depth of your grief and your sense of loss cannot separate you from God’s love. In fact, neither death nor life nor anything else in all of creation can overcome the power of the love you have in Christ Jesus.

Rest in the overwhelming love Christ has for you, and embrace the reality that you are more than a conqueror through Christ. You will survive this and will overcome all things through the love God has for you. Thanks be to God!

3. Psalm 46:10 – Be Still Before God

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

As you are mourning the death of your loved one and facing indescribable pain, it can be overwhelming to try to process all of the things that need to be accomplished.

In the early days, there are funeral arrangements to make, trying to host family members arriving from out of town, and people to notify. In the days and weeks to follow, there are financial decisions to make, sorting through loved ones’ belongings, and dealing with assets that need to be settled. Then there are just the everyday responsibilities that may involve coping with a job and caring for children or a spouse.

You are trying to go through the motions of getting all of this done while trying to cope with a completely broken heart that is in pieces. How are you going to make it?

One of the most important parts of the grieving process is giving yourself a lot of grace. Do not expect yourself to just soldier on through life as though nothing has changed. Allow yourself to be okay if the house is not in perfect condition or you were so fatigued you had to take a nap.

One of the most rejuvenating things you can do to take care of yourself during this season of grief is to take time and just be still before God. Rest and allow His love and comfort to wash over you. Allow Him to remind you that He is still the God who loves you and is near you. Play worship music and allow Him to speak life into your soul. He wants to wrap His arms around you and just be with you.

4. Isaiah 53:3-5 – Christ Understands Your Grief

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem. Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:3-5

When we experience something so traumatic in our lives, such as the death of a loved one, it is easy to feel isolated and despondent because we feel like no one else understands what we are going through. We are desperately trying to put the pieces of our heart and lives back together, while it seems like everyone around us is living life like nothing happened.

Take your pain and agony to Jesus, for He understands the depths of your sorrow. He was a man of suffering and familiar with deep pain. He was despised and rejected by the very people He came to save; He not only felt the sorrows of this life, but He felt the burdens and punishment of the entire world on His shoulders. He was pierced and crushed on our behalf, but by His wounds we are healed.

Allow Jesus to bear the crushing burdens you feel in the middle of your grief knowing that He is the only One capable of carrying them, and then allow God’s healing to pour into your life because of the wounds of Jesus. Empty all of your pain and sorrow out at the foot of the cross, and accept the extravagant love and comfort of God into your life in its place.

5. Galatians 6:2 – Allow Others to Carry Your Burdens

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

One of the most humbling experiences any of us can have in life is to be in a position where we need to ask for help. However, a critical component of being part of the body of Christ is the command to carry each other’s burdens. We are called to love one another, pray for one another, and encourage each other.

During a season of grief and mourning, do not try to carry the weight of your pain and suffering alone. There are people in your life– friends, family members, people in the community– who are longing to love and support you through bereavement cards, meals, prayers, spending time with you, and helping you with daily activities. Do not feel guilty for needing a little help, but gratefully accept the ways God is providing for you.

Remember that by accepting the love and support of others, you are actually allowing them to fulfill the law of Christ and be obedient to God’s will for their lives. You will not be in this difficult season of grieving forever, and the next time you are called upon to serve someone you can give God thanks for the blessings you received during your time of need.

I hope these Bible verses will provide you with some comfort and solace as you allow God to speak to your heart and bring healing as you walk through this season of mourning and grief following the death of your loved one. God is with you and He will carry you through this difficult time. Lord, may You bring comfort, peace, and healing as You minister love, hope, and encouragement to these hurting souls.

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