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Grief Bible Verses : 5 Beloved Bible Verses to Recover from Loss

Updated on January 23, 2010

Grief Bible Verses Will Help You Heal

No matter how big or small your loss is, grief is a natural process, and searching the Bible for God's scripture to help you overcome your pain is a very healthy and beneficial way to rise up out of the ashes of a death or loss.

I sincerely hope these grief Bible verses will help you climb out of your pain. Remember that you are not alone, and you will see your loved one again through the power of the everlasting Father.

#1 - I Corinthians 15

"O Death, where is your sting?"

One of my favorite verses, this is a triumphant and lyrical section of First Corinthians that explains the insubstantial, ephemeral nature of death itself.

I Corinthians 15:52-57

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

" O Death, where is your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?"

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

My interpretation of this New Testament verse is that grief for death is understandable, but to always remember that at the end of time, the dead will live again through the power of God.

#2 - Psalms 118

"In my anguish I cried to the LORD"

If you get a chance, read the entire scripture of Psalms 118 as all of it proclaims the uplifting message of strength even in times of the adversity through the power of the Almighty God. Here are the verses that most pertain to the pain of grief.

Psalms 118:1,5-6,14

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

In my anguish I cried to the LORD,

and he answered by setting me free.

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

The LORD is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation.

I love these verses because they are so simple yet powerful. These verses really convey what the purpose of Christianity and the Bible is truly about: faith and love.

The Lord Our God Is Always With You - In good times and in bad, he will bring you comfort

#3 - Isaiah 66

"I will extend peace to her like a river"

I love this image of God as a compassionate mother, caring for her child in good times and bad. It's important to remember that God loves us always, and we don't experience loss because He does not care for us. Our pain is His.

Isaiah 66 12-13

For this is what the LORD says:

"I will extend peace to her like a river,

and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;

you will nurse and be carried on her arm

and dandled on her knees.

As a mother comforts her child,

so will I comfort you;

and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."

Love and peace can rise out of even the most overwhelming sense of grief. This verse compels all of God's children to open up their hearts again, even if they are hurt and lost.

#4 - Lamentations 3

"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion"

These grief Bible verses below from Lamentations are especially relevant to those who are struggling to understand why their loved one had to die, and perhaps are even angry with God. Just keep in mind that God's love is infinite, and in the end, He has promised us eternal life with Him.

Lamentations 3:31-33

For men are not cast off

by the Lord forever.

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

so great is his unfailing love.

For he does not willingly bring affliction

or grief to the children of men.

If you are feel abandoned or alone in your grief, God has not forsaken you. He never has and never will.

#5 - Psalms 23

"Though I walk through...death, I will fear no evil"

My absolute favorite Bible verse, grief-related or otherwise. Nothing can bring me comfort or calm me down like repeating God's words to David to myself. The symbolism of the Lord as a loving shepherd is one of my favorite ways to envision our Father.

Psalms 23:1-6

The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name's sake.

Yea, 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 runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD


This is one of the most reassuring Bible verses in the Old Testament - the knowledge that we have a home to go to when we pass on is overwhelming in the joy it brings to me and so many other people who follow scripture. No matter what happens, God's love for us endures.

Grief Is Natural... - But remember God is there for you every step of the way

Did These Bible Verses Help You? - Let me know!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was expecting our first baby everything seemed oky I went for my check up regularly at five my I saw my son for first time and was so happy,I never made I'd throughout the pregnancy at six moths I delivered him and he was to small to survive on the outside world as it was to soon for him, he only lived for six hours and passed on I still thing about the event all the time and I just need strength at this moment to deal with the loss.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      24/5/13 my dad did not die he went to sleep in peace, there where many things i hoped i said before he went to sleep such as i luv you i know now hes watching over me and family i will miss talking to him in person now i speak to him in my head or prays, so dad please read this and remember i luv you Gordon xx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Brenda,

      I was reading your post and just began praying for your peace.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I will pray for you now. I've lost my mother, father & my best friend who was also my fiancé & lost my job. I was so devastated I couln't speak correctly for weeks. I would cry at the drop of a hat because anything would remind me of them. I was unconsolable & my children were afraid for me. I gave it ALL to GOD!!! I now feel better, happier & not on any medication. I'm thankful I had these people in my life which helps tremendously. I still pray to stay strong but I know I will see them again. Youvwill see your loved ones as well. GOD is still good & HE never breaks HIS promises.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have struggled with anger towards God in life, I lost me mom when I was 16 and my dad when I was 22. It used to feel like I was gonna lose my mind at any minute. it took me a very long time to forgive my mom for leaving me and a even longer time to forgive God for taking her. I didn't understand anything until I opened my heart up and finally accepted The Lord as my Savior. I feel like a New Creation really!! it is so true when you are born again it changes everything about you in everyday. I love The Lord and trust his word, with every part of my life. I have devoted my life to raising my daughter to know and love The Lord now as a young girl so that she has his comfort and grace her whole life through! Praise God

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: you poor lady. the only thing i want to say to you is if you are mad at god scream at him he can take it. and you will not be ale to hear his comfort till you can let some of the anger go. call hospic counclers they will help you they really will. i will keep you in my prayers. god really does bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My family suffered a horrible loss 5 years ago when my brother was lost in the Gulf of Mexico never to be seen again. I thank God every day for my families wonderful Church Family who was our Families Rock! Though a few family members who do not attend Chuch have struggled, my parents and I are able to remember the good times with my Brother. We do also Thankfully have his 2 Beautiful and Wonderful Children to share Memories of hum with.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I too struggle with the feelings of being lost, angry and hurt. I am 23 years old and i lost my father back in May. He was only 54. I am hurt because i wasn't even able to go to his funeral, but as he got sicker and sicker he begged me to come see him and I just wasn't able to financially. I'm angry because i was adopted at 2days old, but it was always an open adoption. I'm angry that he didn't raise me but still popped in and out of my life. I always knew who he was but i didn't get to spend the kind of time i would have liked to spend with him. im lost because i know that i love him and if he would had been strong enough to walk away from his addiction he would have. I'm also angry because i know that i will have to endure this pain again when the man that raised me leaves this world.

      THESE SCRIPTURES. I have been sad to a point where i cannot even really begin to explain enough to get anyone to understand... but yes; GOD WILL TAKE THE PAIN AWAY. Our Father in heaven is right here for us. you need some one to talk to? have a seat and talk OUT LOUD to God. You want verbal answers? Be still. tell your heavenly that this load is too much for you and you can no longer bear the pain. be quiet. if you sit in silence and try to muster up just a single drop of faith, you will have at least ONE peacful thought and you will feel the presence of the Lord wrapping is loving arms around you. i know this because he did it for me. I'm young, but God knows my pain. I cannot trust my own thoughts, but i can trust that the Holy Spirit will intercede for me and God will incline his ears to me and run to my aide just as soon as i go to him. READ THESE SCRIPTURES AGAIN AND WAIT FOR THE FATHER TO SPEAK. you may not hear him speak out loud, but he will speak to your mind and give you a joy and a sense of peace that no one and nothing will shake you from.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No,I only wish they did. I can not bare the loss of my second daughter.. we had so much of our future in here. My husband and I seem to be stuck in our overwhelming grief for her.. she was our future now she is a sad sad memory to leave her father and I without and alone to only look forward to when its our time. I have found myself so angry ,not at one thing or person but everything and every person... I don't want them in my life I want my daughter to be here with us to go through the days ahead ,when we get to the place we need her to help us do the things we can not.This too was very important to her as she would tell us everyday,Mom ,Dad,I'am going to take care of you ,I promise.. yes.. you see a little anger toward her too,that hurts even more.. I don't know how to get out of this place , I turn to God but reading His word only makes me sadder.. Yes I too am angry at Him.. I need help ,, I can not go on hiding and hating everything this way much longer. I know anger and hate have a way of destroying a person in their body ,mind and soul .. I don't want to be here.I want to be happy again or close to what is happiness ,I don't feel anymore ,I don't have emotions other than when I think of her and began to cry but all of a sudden I push it way down and become angry again..pls pray for me all that ready this.. pls.. I pray for you ,even though I don't know you.Grief is a horrific stalemate in a persons life.this is my second daughter to lose. one was 30 and my baby girl was 40. 14 yrs between their death.. ty.God bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Benda, I just read your post. Just happened upon this as I was searching this internet. There are no answers, grief and what happens in life are beyond what we can understand. The only thing I have leared from horrible loss is that all of the emotions I have are totally ok with our Lord. If you are mad at Him, He understands, if you scream at Him in anguish He is crying with you. This life is brutal, my heart breaks for you. I cannot stand the common comfort quotes we give others, The only thing I have ever been able to hold on to even as I have rage and wrestled with my God, is that in my mourning I have one bit of a glimmer of what it was for Him so send His Son and die on a cross. As crazy as it seems, I have found comfort that in my mourning and horrible pain, I have a part of what He felt when He sacrificed His Son for me. God bless you dear Brenda.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Aggie I totally understand what you are going thru. I just lost my dad Aug 17, 2012 and it's so hard to come to terms that he isn't here with us and it's really hard trying to be strong for everyone as he always looked at me as the strong one. But right now I don't feel strong at all. I will be praying for us all in our time of grief.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: So sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you. Although I have never lost a child, I know through my mother that grief for burying a child is unbearable. We don't intend to bury our children, we intend for them to bury us. Although these verses didn't help you, I want you to read these also.. Pray before you do, that God will show you and comfort you through them. I know it sounds weird, or to normal even, but trust in him and his plan for us. I've been very angry at God too, and at the people I've lost. It's not easy, but it takes time. It takes a day at a time, we need time to heal, time to grasp the reality, and when we do that holding onto God, it will eventually get better. I'm praying for you and I hope you find some comfort. God bless you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I will keep you in my prayers. I am so sorry you are going through this tough time. Losing a child is something no parent should ever have to go through. Although you are angry, God can see you are trying, just by getting n to this website and reaching out to him and looking for guidance through his word. I got on here to find a verse to give to my boyfriend who just lost his cousin, and I could not stop thinking about you and your post, simply because you posted this today. I am just so sorry for your loss. Have you tried going to counseling sessions for patents who have lost a child or children? I don't if it is too son for you to think of that. But I think it will give you and your husband a firm support system in addition to God's support. I wish you the best, and really hope you can push forward through this devastating time. You are strong, and will be okay, I know you will.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, still struggling to come to terms with my mom`s death.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I found these passages, and your interpretation of them, to be very comforting. 2012 has been a profound year of loss for my family and close friends of the family. I was raised Catholic but lost my faith in religion long ago. I can't explain why, but my recent losses have brought God back into my life like never before. I have to believe we will see those we love again. Not to believe that just isn't possible.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i loved the verses my daughter is struggling with the sudden and tragic loss of her father 7 months ago, i hope these versus will help her understand more, she is in so much pain she still cyies a lot which make cry all i can do is comfort her. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting comforting words, I recently loss my husband here on earth but I know and believe he is praising GOD almighty. My husband just took a step ahead of me and that's okay, we are not alone in times like this. God is our strength and comfort. For God says in his word to "give him thanks in all things" Ephesians 5:20. Blessing to you always.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting comforting words, I recently loss my husband here on earth but I know and believe he is praising GOD almighty. My husband just took a step ahead of me and that's okay, we are not alone in times like this. God is our strength and comfort. For God says in his word to "give him thanks in all things" Ephesians 5:20. Blessing to you always.

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