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March 27, 2020 Beyond The Dash

Offering Condolences: 10 Bible Verses of Comfort in Times of Grief

Supporting loved ones with spiritual thoughts on loss

Offering Condolences: 10 Bible Verses of Comfort in Times of Grief
There are many words of comfort for grievers in the Bible. Use a Bible verse about grief in a message of condolence. (Getty Images)

The Bible has a lot to say on the topic of death, dying and the grief survivors feel when a loved one passes away. 

Many people find comfort in religion during times of grief. For Christians, the Bible is an obvious guide for all life matters, but especially in dealing with the death of a loved one. For non-Christians who grew up with Christian influences, there may also be a nostalgic interest in revisiting the comforting words oft repeated in childhood. For some, these words matter the most in times of loss.

If you are grieving, or know someone who has recently lost a loved one, these 10 bible verses about grief can offer some comfort.

Bible verses are a comfort to those of the Christian faith, especially when a loved one has passed away. (Getty Images)

Writing a Bible verse in a message of condolence

A sympathy card or online guestbook message is a place to share your condolences to a person or family living with fresh grief. Use these hopeful messages to comfort a Christian loved one in their time of bereavement.

1. Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.

2. Matthew 5: 3–4

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3. Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

4. Psalm 147: 3

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

5. Luke 6:21

Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 

6. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

7. Isaiah 40:28–29

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

8. Psalm 34:18

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. 

9. Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

10. Psalm 30:5

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Offering support

The wisdom of religion and literature can help us offer eloquent words of support to those who are bereaved, but don't forget to include a personalized note too. Your own words can add meaning and relatability for a person who is learning to navigate life without someone who was important to them. 

Searching for positive words of love and support in the aftermath of a loss is a typical reaction to grief. These 10 comforting Bible verses can point both grievers and supportive friends in the right direction. 

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