Peace in Times of Grief: 25 Bible Verses About Death

Peace in Times of Grief: 25 Bible Verses About Death

25 Bible Verses about Death to Comfort the Grieving & Mourning

'Death is cruel' is a statement we hear every other day; it robs us of our loved ones and leaves grieving in hopelessness.

There are many scripture passages that speak about what death is and how to get through in time of grief.

I trust that as you read these comforting Bible verses you will find comfort in the Lord as you hope for a future where there will be no more dying.

Bible verses about death of a loved one

2 Samuel 12:18 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 2 Samuel 12:18 KJV

Before the child died he fasted, but after the child died David acknowledged that there was nothing else he could do; he anointed himself, worshiped God, and ate.

That is why Jeremiah 22:10 encourages, 'weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him...for he shall return no more...".

  1. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. John 11:11 KJV

There is great hope knowing that when our loved ones pass away, they are only sleeping.

One day, all our loved ones who are sleeping in Christ Jesus will be awakened in the resurrection of life.

Isaiah 57:1 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. Isaiah 57:1 KJV

Why did God allow my child to die? Why didn't God heal my mother? Why me Lord?

This scripture perfectly answers those questions. While the pain brought by the sting of death is almost unbearable, it is God's love that lays them to rest.

The Lord wants them to escape the 'evil to come' and takes them to a better place.

  1. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV

Jesus laid down His life and took it up again to conquer the power of death. Like Paul you can say, "...thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Romans 8:18 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 KJV

Losing a loved one may bring grief and suffering. Have faith as you wait patiently

for that wonderful day when the Lord appears in His glory when you will be united with your loved ones to dwell in our Father's house, where there will be no more death, crying, or sorrow.

Bible verses to cope with death

  1. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:18 KJV

When you are feeling heartbroken, sorrowful, or in low spirits remember that the Lord is always near to help you.

Psalms 147:3 says, "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds".

Joshua 1:9 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 KJV

As children of God, we don't have to live in fear of death, for when we are weak we are able to rely on and find strength in Him.

  1. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 KJV

The Lord has promised in His word that He will comfort those who are mourning.

In 2 Corinthians 4:17, Paul says that there is glory that awaits us after this "momentary affliction".

John 14:27 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. 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 KJV

The peace of Christ brings comfort and hope amid our darkest trials.

When death and all the pain that accompanies it brings worry, fear, and grief we should embrace the peace that the Lord God has promised.

Revelations 21:4 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away Revelation 21:4 KJV

God Himself will dry the tears from our eyes.

When the old order of things is gone, death, sorrow, crying, pain, and the hurt we endure now will be no more.

Bible verses about seeing dead loved ones

Matthew 14:26 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. Matthew 14:26 KJV

The disciples caught sight of the Lord and were fearful because they thought they had seen a ghost.

If you are terrified because of dreams or other experiences with a dead loved one, remember the words that Jesus spoke to His disciples.

In the verse that follows He told the disciples, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid".

  1. As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. Job 7:9-10 KJV

This verse speaks about the state of a person after he or she dies. A dead relative is not able to think, speak, visit their house or communicate with the living.

Once they lay in the dust of the earth, a righteous person remains there as they await the trumpet call of God.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV

This scripture passage provides a similar explanation to Job 7:9 and Psalm 146:4 on what happens to someone after death.

The living has knowledge and are aware of their future but the dead 'know not anything'.

Isaiah 8:19 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? Isaiah 8:19 KJV

This Bible verse is a direct warning, not to seek out familiar spirits.

As followers of God we should have faith in His guidance and leading in our lives rather than trusting in the dead.


1 John 4:1 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 KJV

As followers of Christ we have to ask God to help us to discern between good spirits and bad/evil spirits.

Be mindful of evil spirits that may take the form of a loved one to lure and deceive you.


Bible verses about life after death

Hebrews 9:27 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27 KJV

Each person is destined to a certain reality-death. After death each person will be judged based on the life he/she lived.

Those whose actions condemn them will face eternal punishment while the righteous will spend eternity with their Lord in the New Jerusalem.

  1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24 KJV

The key to experiencing life after death lies in believing in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice.

It is through walking the paths of righteousness and claiming His redemptive power from sin that we have a right to eternal life.

John 11:25,26 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. Jesus said unto her, 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. Believest thou this? John 11:25,26 KJV

This scripture passage speaks about the reward that will be granted to all those who are faithful and true.

If they are alive at the time of Jesus' second return they will be transformed then live with Him eternally.

If they should pass away before His second return, the good news is that they will sleep for awhile until the Lord resurrects them.

  1. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28,29 KJV

There are only two possible outcomes for those who are not alive at the time of Christ's return.

One outcome is the 'resurrection of life' for those who have done good and remained faithful.

The other outcome is the 'resurrection of damnation' for those who have done evil.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 KJV

The 'lowly body' of a deceased is buried in one state but will be raised in a spiritual state bearing the eternal weight of glory.

Bible verses about heaven after death

Philippians 3:20,21 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:20,21 KJV

The NIV translation of this text states, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ".

Our thoughts and actions should reflect that we are children of heaven.

If we are consistent in making this our lifestyle, death will not be able to prevent us from getting there.

  1. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 KJV

In believing that Jesus died and rose again we believe that those who on the day of death were in Christ will also be resurrected.

This provides comfort in knowing that our loved ones are only sleeping for a while and that one day the Lord himself will summon them from that sleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 KJV

This scripture passage is a vivid representation of what will take place at the coming of the Lord.

The dead in Christ will rise and be caught up with our Lord and Savior in the air at the last trumpet.

  1. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3 KJV

These words of comfort assured us that though we die, we have a dwelling place in the holy city.

Matthew 25:34 KJV images pictures quotes
  1. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Matthew 25:34 KJV

In this story told by Jesus, only those who are compassionate and kind to the poor and needy will receive a heavenly reward.

Final thoughts on death

Based on God's word, death is a part of life that destroys the 'earthly tent' and ushers us into the dwelling place of God.

May the God of all comfort continue to show you His great mercy as we eagerly await the kingdom of heaven.