Bereavement Biblically Based

Death, Bereavement, Passed, Grief, Grieving, Loss of a Loved One

In This Guide:

Grief manifests itself differently in each of us. We certainly can't avoid the pain, but we can work through it, and turning to God and Scripture can help. Below, read about what someone coping with loss may be feeling, and biblical words that might provide some comfort as they mourn.

They Might Be Thinking:

  • I feel alone.
  • Why did God let this happen to me?
  • What am I supposed to do now?
  • Praying does not seem to be enough right now.
  • I need a sign to know that everything is going to be okay.
  • No one seems to understand what I am going through.
  • I am having a hard time focusing on work.
  • Where can I find spiritual guidance?
  • I am really scared.
  • I can’t seem to stop crying when I think about my loss.
  • What Bible verse can I use to guide me through this situation?

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
  • "So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost." Matthew 18:14
  • "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:13
  • " are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you." Isaiah 43:4
  • "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
  • "I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared." Exodus 23:20
  • "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." Matthew 19:14
  • "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more." Revelation 21:4
  • "A little while and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me because I go to the Father." John 16:16
  • "For love is as strong as death." Song of Solomon 8:6
  • "God is my strength and my power, and he makes my way perfect.." 2 SAMUEL 22:33

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • They're in a better place now.
  • Oh, you poor thing! I feel so bad that you have to go through this.
  • Don’t let this situation weigh you down…just focus on getting through it.
  • I know this feels like a lot right now, but everything happens for a reason.
  • Did your dad leave a will or last testament?
  • How is the dialogue going with your brothers and sisters?
  • Stop focusing on the bad; just focus on the future.
  • I am tired of you mourning this death. How do we get you moving again?
  • The worst is yet to come.
  • You just have to have faith that everything is going to be okay.
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