Bereavement Scriptures

The following Bible verses would be appropriate as bereavement scriptures. Collected from both the Old and New Testament they can be used to comfort individuals in their grief or read as bereavement scriptures at a funeral service.

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Old Testament Bereavement Scriptures

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Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33:27

Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you Fear not, I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.
Isaiah 53:4

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.
Isaiah 66:13

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:3

God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 50:15

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.
Psalm 55:22

Psalm 56:8




“ You have collected all my tears
and preserved them in your bottle!
You have recorded every one in your book” Psalms 56:8



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made it into a tangible form so
that you can give a grieving person
something to hold onto.

He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
Psalm 91:4

For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11

As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear God. As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you, says the Lord.
Ps. 103:13; Isa. 66:13

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Ps. 124:8

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

New Testament Bereavement Scriptures

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matt 5:4

Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16,17

Jesus said; I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom.
John 10:14; Isa. 40:11

I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.
John 11:25, 26

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 and prepare a place for you? And when 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 14:1-3

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39

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.
Rom. 14:8

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

We believe that Jesus died and rose again; and so it will be for those who have died in Christ. God will raise them to be with the Lord forever. Comfort one another with these words.
1 Thess. 4:14, 17-18

He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose great mercy gave us new birth into a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! The inheritance to which we are born is one that nothing can destroy or spoil or wither.
1Peter 1:3-4

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you
1Peter 5:7

Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2:10

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, says the Spirit. They will rest from their labors, and their deeds follow them.
Rev. 14:13

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Because I live, you also will live.
Rev. 21:6; 22:13; 1:17-18; John 14:19

Bereavement scriptures offer us both comfort and a sustaining hope. The Bible puts forward the promise that life isn’t just what we see on earth today. It is so much more! We can put our faith in Jesus and know that we will see our loved ones again in heaven.

My bereavement scripture verses page offers a list of scriptures from the Bible. There are only a few verses duplicated between the two pages.


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