Prayers of bereavement

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend

and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,

grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.

Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us

lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.

Send Your Spirit to give us courage

lest through fear we recoil from living.

Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace

lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.

The Lord has given.

The Lord has taken away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Amen.

O sweet mother Mary,

who knew the sadness of mourning those your heart loved most,

Jesus, your Son,

and Joseph, your devoted spouse,

pray for us in our time of loss.

Amen.

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Quotable Quotes:

To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever…The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes… This hole in your heart is the shape of the one you lost – no one else can fit it.

– Unknown

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

– William Penn

Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.

– Mahatma Gandhi

It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.

– John Steinbeck

I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.

– Alyson Noel, Evermore

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

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The promises that come from God’s holy word are what we have to hold us up on any day and especially when we are experiencing grief. Are you grieving today at the loss of a loved one? Please use these Bible verses about bereavement as a comfort for you today. Feel free to print this out and keep these verses with you to remind you of what God has said through the Bible.

Comfort

Isaiah 66:13  As one whom his mother comforts,  so I will comfort you;   you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

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

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD,  and he will sustain you;he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

He leads me beside still waters

Psalm 23 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness  for his name’s sake.

Even 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 overflows.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow meall the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house of the LORDforever.

Hope In Eternal Life

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 14:1-3 “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 to prepare a place for you?And if 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 6:35-40 Jesus said to them,  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. ForI have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me,  that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, butraise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father,  that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Christian Quotes About Bereavement

“Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.”  ~ William Ralph Inge

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.”  ~ Francis Bacon

“No man who is fit to live need fear to die. To us here, death is the most terrible thing we know. But when we have tasted its reality it will mean to us birth, deliverance, a new creation of ourselves. It will be what health is to the sick man; what home is to the exile; what the loved one given back is to the bereaved. As we draw near to it a solemn gladness should fill our hearts. It is God’s great morning lighting up the sky. Our fears are the terror of children in the night. The night with its terrors, its darkness, its feverish dreams, is passing away; and when we awake it will be into the sunlight of God.”  ~ Thomas Fuller

“Oh, when we are journeying through the murky night and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed; and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrance and hidden strength in the remembrance of Him as “in all points tempted like as we are,” bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us.”  ~ Alexander MacLaren

“This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me. “ ~ Charles Spurgeon

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10 Bible Verses for a Bad Day–  These truths from God’s Holy Word will surely lift your spirits.

The Promises of God in the Bible–  What are some of the great things that God has promised us?

The Words of Jesus–  Check our this quotes from our Lord and savior

Resources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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