Resources on Grief

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Spiritual components to help your family walk through crisis:

  • Pray with your family daily.
  • Incorporate and/or continue a daily devotional time.
  • Make space to be available for your children and listen.
  • Keep your regular daily routine.
  • Remind them that God loves them and is always with them.

Passages from the Psalms on Grief

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”—Psalm 23:4–6 (NLT)

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”—Psalm 30:5 (NLT)

“Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress. Tears blur my eyes. My body and soul are withering away. I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.”—Psalm 31:9–10 (NLT)

“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”—Psalm 31:19 (NLT)

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”—Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Passages from the Gospels on Grief

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”—Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?’”—John 11 :25-26 (NLT)

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”—John 14:1–3 (NLT)

Other New Testament Passages from Grief

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”—2 Corinthians 1 :3–4 (NIV)

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”—James 1:2–4 (NIV)

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”—Revelation 21 :4 (NLT)

Additional Resources on Grief