Funeral Readings and Words of Comfort (2023)

A collection of comforting funeral readings for funerals and memorial services. Words from these may also be inspiration for memorial epitaphs.

This is a collection of funeral readings I have either found in books or that have been suggested to me by some of my clients. I hope you find them comforting and helpful and that through them you might find inspiration for something to put on a memorial. I have also made a list of funeral poems and verses and a list of memorial epitaphs. Whether you are experiencing feelings of grief, anger, guilt, celebration, thanksgiving or confusion, I hope these funeral readings help you find peace amid the turmoil. People come to me for a memorial for their loved ones, and in creating a memorial I hope I also help them in their journey of bereavement; the memorial can be a very important part of that journey, a part which is often overlooked.

Funeral Readings and Words of Comfort (1)

A Prayer of John Donne (1572-1631)

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.

from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

“But do you really mean, Sir," said Peter, "that there could be other worlds-all over the place, just round the corner-like that?"
"Nothing is more probable," said the Profesor, taking off his spectacles and beginning to polish them, while he muttered to himself, "I wonder what they do teach them at these schools.”

Death Is Only an Horizon

O God, who holdest all souls in life; and callest them unto thee as seemeth best: we give them back, dear God, to thee who gavest them to us. But as thou didst not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them by their return. For not as the world giveth, givest thou, O Lord of souls: that which thou givest thou takest not away: for life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only the horizon, and the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

Rossiter W. Raymond (1840-1918)

from East Coker

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
There is a time for the evening under starlight,
A time for the evening under lamplight
(The evening with the photograph album).
Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here or there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.


from The Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 4

In any way that men love me, in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me.

from On the Beach at Night

Weep not, child,
Weep not, my darling,
With these kisses let me remove your tears;
The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky–shall devour the stars only in
Jupiter shall emerge–be patient–watch again another night–the
Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal–all those stars, both silvery and golden, shall
shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again–they
The vast immortal suns, and the long-enduring pensive moons, shall
again shine.

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Then, dearest child, mournest thou only for Jupiter?
Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars?

Something there is,
(With my lips soothing thee, adding, I whisper,
I give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,)
Something there is more immortal even than the stars,
(Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,)
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter,
Longer than sun, or any revolving satellite,
Or the radiant brothers, the Pleiades.

Walt Whitman

Funeral Readings and Words of Comfort (2)

Circle Wisdom

I invite you to enter for a moment
into Sacred Time and Space,
into a way of seeing that is broad and spacious.
See this Day, from the time you arose this morning
until you sleep this evening, as one Ceremony,
divided into small and familiar rituals,
your Heart as the Altar.
You, part of the Cycles of Light and Darkness.

Now begin to see your Life,
from the moment of your Conception
until the time of your Death
as one long, continuous Ceremony,
filled with many rituals,
some familiar, some unknown and challenging.
Your Home and all Your Relations, the Altar.
You, part of many Seasons and Cycles.

Now see this Ceremony of your Life
as part of a much larger Ceremony that extends
Seven Generations into the Past and
Seven into the Future,
made up of many Births and Deaths.
This beautiful spinning Earth the Altar.
You, part of the great Ebb and Flow.

Now, if You will, imagine this larger Ceremony
to be but one part of a Ceremony so grand,
so magnificent as to be hardly comprehensible,
a great, vast Ceremonial Circle, rich and vibrant
with millions upon millions of swirling
Circles of Dancing Light,
and You, one of those Dancing Circles,
a Dancer on the Altar that is the Universe,
where Time is Eternal.

May You Dance In Beauty.

Sedonia Cahill

Those who are near me do not know

Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are
Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words
Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you
Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart

Rabindranath Tagore

from A Grief Observed

......Something quite unexpected has happened. It came this morning early. For various reasons, not in themselves at all mysterious, my heart was lighter than it had been for many weeks. For one thing, I suppose I am recovering physically from a good deal of mere exhaustion. And I'd had a very tiring but very healthy twelve hours the day before, and a sounder night's sleep; and after ten days of low-hung grey skies and motionless warm dampness, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze. And suddenly at the very moment when, so far, I mourned H. least, I remembered her best. Indeed it was something (almost) better than memory; an instantaneous, unanswerable impression. To say it was like a meeting would be going too far. Yet there was that in it which tempts one to use those words. It was as if the lifting of the sorrow removed a barrier.
Why has no one told me these things? How easily I might have misjudged another man in the same situation. I might have said, ‘He's got over it. He's forgotten his wife', when the truth was, ‘He remembers her better because he has partly got over it.'

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from Can I walk you home

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!'

'Gone where?'

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!'

Henry Van Dyke

quoted in Never Far from Home

Nothing can fill the gap when we are away from those we love, and it would be wrong to try and find anything. We must simply hold out and win through. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time, it is a great consolation since leaving the gap unfilled preserves the bonds between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap. He does not fill it but keeps it empty so that our communion with each other may be kept alive, even at the cost of pain.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Love Lives On

Those we love are never really lost to us - we feel them in so many special ways-
through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days... in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone... Those we love are never really lost to us - For everywhere their special love lives on.


from Unweaving the Rainbow

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly, those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds, it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?

Richard Dawkins

And I Saw a New Heaven

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 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. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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Revelation, 21: 1-7

from Remembrance of Things Past

It is often said that something may survive of a person after his death, if that person was an artist and put a little of himself into his work. It is perhaps in the same way that a sort of cutting taken from one person and grafted onto the heart of another continues to carry on its existence even when the person from whom it had been detached has perished.

Marcel Proust

Life Unbroken

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone; wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland

from A letter to a Friend on the Death of His Mother

May I try to tell you again where your only comfort lies? It is not in forgetting the happy past. People bring us well-meant but miserable consolation when they tell what time will do to help our grief. We do not want to lose our grief, because our grief is bound up with our love and we could not cease to mourn without being robbed of our affections.

Phillips Brooks

To Every Thing There Is a Season

To every thing there is a season, and
a time to every purpose under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to
build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a
time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to
refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to
throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

On Pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Kahil Gibran


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

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As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

A New Belonging

The deaths of those whom we love and who love us, open up the possibility of a new, more radical communion, a new intimacy, a new belonging to each other. If love is, indeed, stronger than death, then death has the potential to deepen and strengthen the bond of love.
The death of the beloved bears fruit in many lives. You and I have to trust that our short little lives can bear fruit far beyond the boundaries of our chronologies. But we have to choose this and trust deeply that we have a spirit to send that will bring joy, peace and life to those who will remember us.

Henri Nouwen from Life of the Beloved

Man is Spiritual Here and Now

Believing as I do that man is spiritual here and now wherever he may seem to be, I have no doubts that [name] is simply continuing in the continuity of life; and, that is, in the spiritual realm where she has always essentially been. We think we love someone for their looks; their walk maybe; tone of voice, touch- but when you analyse it is really for their qualities- their warmth, their humour, their intelligence, kindness etcetera. These things are spiritual qualities and are recognisable only by the spiritual in us. This, to me, is proof of spirituality. We may think it's the shape of a person's nose or the way the eyes light up or whatever it is, but in fact it is the impression these things have on us and this is not physical or material, is it? So- although the sense of loss is brutal and a shock - when you can look at it and think of it and feel the very real gratitude you have for having known and loved someone, then I think a sense of real reality takes over and one comes to the reasonable conclusion that spirituality is a reality; a continuing reality of all-good.

I believe the way to peace is not to mourn, but to free her in your mind and heart and realise she is always whole, always real because she is spiritual- and so are you.

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We don't become spiritual when we die. We have always been spiritual and that, as I see it, is what life is for- to discover and rejoice in this. It leads into harmonious living now. It reveals what is actually real and durable.

Joyce Grenfell from Joyce: by Herself and Her Friends

For further examples of funeral poems see this blog post.


What is an example of words of comfort at a funeral? ›

Here are some examples of what to say at a funeral:

I'm sorry for your loss. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. She was a lovely woman and will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

What is the most comforting thing to say at a funeral? ›

“I'm so sorry about your loss. [The deceased] was a good person and they'll be very missed.” “Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.” “[The deceased] was a wonderful person and I'll miss them very much.”

What is appropriate to say to someone before they attend a funeral? ›

If you are struggling to find a way to put your thoughts into words, and you want to send a message but are unable to think of what to say to someone before a funeral, consider something simple; “I will be thinking of you today.” “Sending love and prayers to you and your family.” “I hope things run smoothly today.”

What is a good scripture to read at a funeral? ›

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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.

What are some comforting phrases? ›

Short Sympathy Quotes and Sympathy Sayings
  • “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”
  • “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
  • “I wish you healing and peace.”
  • “I hope you feel surrounded by much love.”
  • “We are so sorry for your loss.”
  • “We are thinking of you during these difficult times.”
Dec 15, 2021

What is the best condolence short message? ›

Short condolence messages for your family member

Know that we are thinking of you, remembering (Name) and celebrating his/her/their life. (Name) will always be in our hearts and memories. (Name) will leave a huge hole in all our lives. The family won't be the same without him/her/them.

What to say on funeral messages? ›

Less can often be more! Simple and traditional messages can work best.
  • Rest in peace.
  • Always in our hearts.
  • Sleep peacefully.
  • Forever in our hearts.
  • In loving memory.
  • So sorry for your loss.
  • With deepest sympathy.
  • With fondest memories.
Mar 3, 2022

What is a prayer of comfort at a funeral? ›

May God give to you and all whom you love his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy, in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you this day and for ever. Amen.

What are some encouraging words for the bereaved family? ›

Comforting Grief Quotes
  • Here are a few words to remind you of your inner strength when you need it most. Always remember: You're stronger than you know.
  • You're strong, you're loved, and you're not alone.
  • Tears. Peace. Rest. Strength. Comfort. Calm. All things in your own time.
  • Your strength will see you through.
Mar 18, 2019

What not to say at a funeral? ›

Here are seven things to avoid saying at a funeral or to someone grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • “They're an angel now.”
  • “I know how you feel.”
  • “They look so good.”
  • “Don't cry” or “Go ahead and cry.”
  • “At least it wasn't worse.”
  • “God is sovereign.”
  • “Let me know if I can help.”
  • What can you say instead?
May 24, 2018

How do you comfort someone who lost a loved one? ›

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving
  1. Be a good listener. ...
  2. Respect the person's way of grieving. ...
  3. Accept mood swings. ...
  4. Avoid giving advice. ...
  5. Refrain from trying to explain the loss. ...
  6. Help out with practical tasks. ...
  7. Stay connected and available. ...
  8. Offer words that touch the heart.
Jul 1, 2018

How do you start a funeral message? ›

General Funeral Condolences Messages
  1. “My condolences to you and your family. ...
  2. “I was heartbroken to learn of [Name]'s passing. ...
  3. “You and your family are in my heart on my mind. ...
  4. “I am honored and blessed to have known your [relation]. ...
  5. “I offer you my thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.”
Mar 30, 2021

What is the most comforting scripture? ›

2 Corinthians 1:3 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. 9.

What is a good scripture for peace and comfort? ›

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.

What is a short Bible verse for comfort and strength? ›

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

How do you write a comfort message? ›

Common Sympathy Card Messages
  1. “I am so sorry for your loss.”
  2. “My deepest sympathy for your loss.”
  3. “Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss.”
  4. “My heart goes out to you and your family.”
  5. “Please know that I am with you, I'm only a phone call away.”
  6. “Sharing in your sadness as you remember your lost loved one.”

What can I say instead of thoughts and prayers? ›

What You Can Say Instead of Sending 'Thoughts and Prayers'
  • I'm here for you. ...
  • My favorite memory of your loved one is... ...
  • I am so sad to hear about your loss. ...
  • They always told me so much about you. ...
  • I'm only a phone call away. ...
  • I'm thinking of you today. ...
  • I am so sorry. ...
  • We will miss them so much.
Nov 24, 2022

What is a heartfelt condolence? ›

my heartfelt condolences: I'm truly sorry for you, I'm sad about your loss.

What is the best condolence quotes Death? ›

Sympathy Messages and Condolence Quotes
  • --"In Memory of a life so beautifully lived...a heart so deeply loved"
  • --"Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever"
  • --"Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories"
  • --Forever Remembered, Forever Missed.

What are some short quotes for funeral cards? ›

In the hearts of those who loved you, you will always be there.” “As you were you will always be, treasured forever in our memory.” “I keep in my heart the love of the past, for there it was planted forever to last.” “Your presence I miss, your memory I treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never.”

What are some funeral quotes? ›

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  • 1. “ Death is not extinguishing the light. ...
  • 2. “ Lives are like rivers: Eventually they go where they must. ...
  • 3. “ There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ...
  • 4. “ Life is a song – sing it. ...
  • 5. “ Every man's life ends the same way. ...
  • 6. “ ...
  • 7. “ ...
  • 8. “
Sep 13, 2017

What is a short prayer for comfort? ›

Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives. Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us.

What is an example of a prayer of comfort? ›

Lord, You love me and by Your grace have given me eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. Now, comfort and strengthen me in every good thing I do and say.”

What is a sample prayer of comfort? ›

O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, that You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life's hardships.

What are thoughtful words about death? ›

Honoring the Lost Loved One

"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names." "As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us, as We remember them." "Only love gives us the taste of eternity." "The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten."

What are some good uplifting quotes? ›

You can do it quotes
  • “Do the best you can. ...
  • “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ―Theodore Roosevelt.
  • 'It's never too late to be what you might've been.” ―George Eliot.
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ―Walt Disney.
  • “Trust yourself that you can do it and get it.” ―Baz Luhrmann.
May 24, 2022

What is the most disrespectful thing to do at a funeral? ›

"Talking or being on your phone during the service is one of the most disrespectful things you could do at a funeral," says Myka Meier, Beaumont Etiquette founder and etiquette expert. It's important to be as present as possible. "Silence your phone, shut off your phone, or even just leave it behind.

Who walks in first at a funeral? ›

Unless they have chosen to be seated beforehand, the family comes next, chief mourner(s) first, walking with whomever he or she chooses. Close friends may follow, completing the procession. The family and pallbearers occupy the front rows, with friends filling vacant places on either side.

How do you express sadness in words when someone dies? ›

What is the best condolence message?
  • “I'm sorry for your loss.”
  • “My deepest sympathies to you and your family.”
  • “Words can't describe how sorry I am for your loss.”
  • “Thinking of you at this difficult time.”
  • “So sorry to hear about your mother…”.
Aug 16, 2021

How do you console someone using words? ›

Show up in the ways you know you'd need it, if you were in their place.
  1. “I'm here for you” is a good place to start. ...
  2. “I am always here for you. ...
  3. “Just letting them know, you are there anytime day or night.” ...
  4. “They just need you talk to them like a good friend. ...
  5. “Just be there with hugs and say, I'm so sorry!”
Feb 14, 2020

What are five ways to support a grieving person? ›

5 ways to support a grieving friend or relative
  • Talk about it. It is normal to feel scared about making things more difficult or painful. ...
  • Make promises that you can keep. ...
  • Stay in touch. ...
  • Remember that everyone experiences grief differently. ...
  • Give them time.
Jan 24, 2018

How long should a message at a funeral be? ›

Normally, a eulogy will be around three to five minutes long and take no longer than ten minutes. As to how many words a eulogy should be, that may depend on how quickly you talk. A funeral eulogy of between 500 and 1000 written words will take from around three and a half to seven and a half minutes to speak.

What is the scripture of comfort and hope? ›

Psalm 94:19, NLT

Our hope is found in the Lord. He comforts and lifts our spirits if we will run to him with our doubts, worries, and fears. If hope and cheer seem painfully unattainable, take heart: Scripture tells us that in his presence, they're here for the taking.

What is a prayer for comfort and strength? ›

Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I feel rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil. Amen.

What is the Psalm of Comfort in grief? ›

Psalm 71:20-21

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

What verses are about comfort in hard times? ›

12_ Psalm 119:76 - Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. 13_ Psalm 119:50 - This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 14_ Psalm 91:1-16 - He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

What Scripture is for the brokenhearted? ›

Psalm 34:18

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” The Good News: Though you may feel defeated, God is closer than you realize. He is always with you and can heal your heart.

What is a good Bible verse for someone who lost a loved one? ›

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

What is God's comfort? ›

God comforts us through the Bible, the Word of God. In the Bible, we find all sorts of promises we take to heart and try to keep in mind. We learn that God cares for us and that he will not leave us or forsake us and that his grace is sufficient for us. He loves those who belong to him, and he has compassion on us.

What is a Bible verse for strength and courage? ›

Deuteronomy 31:6

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

What is a good scripture for strength? ›

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Can you tell me some comforting words? ›

Words of Comfort for a Friend
  • Know that my prayers are covering you.
  • I am always here for you, no matter what or when.
  • Praying for you to have peace during this difficult time.
  • I know this is hard. I love you.
  • You can cry, talk, go take a nap, or be silent around me. I won't be offended, I just want to support you.

What can you say at a funeral instead of flowers? ›

10 Alternatives To Sympathy Flowers
  • A Charity Donation. Making a charity donation is one of the most popular alternatives to sympathy flowers, especially if the deceased had a favourite charity. ...
  • A Memorial Book. ...
  • Self-care Gifts. ...
  • A Bench Plaque. ...
  • A Unique Ornament. ...
  • A Potted Plant. ...
  • Food. ...
  • A Candle.
Jul 22, 2019

How do you express sadness in words for death? ›

What is the best condolence message?
  • “I'm sorry for your loss.”
  • “My deepest sympathies to you and your family.”
  • “Words can't describe how sorry I am for your loss.”
  • “Thinking of you at this difficult time.”
  • “So sorry to hear about your mother…”.
Aug 16, 2021

How do you comfort someone with a word example? ›

TRY THIS: “You are very important to me and nothing will ever change that.” Or “You're a wonderful person and I wish I could take away this pain from your heart.” Or simply, “Can I give you a hug?” These quotes also work for a parent of someone struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental health ...

How do you say consoling words? ›

How to Console Someone Using Words: 10 Ways to Offer Support and Comfort
  • Acknowledge the person's pain.
  • Tell them you're sorry.
  • Try to distract the person if they don't want to talk.
  • Ask them how they're feeling.
  • Discuss the person's emotions.
  • Reassure them that it's okay to cry.

What do you not say at a funeral? ›

The worst things to say at a funeral

Don't tell friends or family members who are grieving that their loved one has gone to a better place. Never call the death a blessing or speculate that it was that person's time. Avoid saying anything that suggests that the loss of the loved one is a positive thing.

What flower smells like funeral? ›

Lilies. When someone says, “This place smells like a funeral home” chances are there is a lily nearby. This is often considered the go-to funeral flower and there's significant meaning behind this strongly aromatic blossom.

How much money do you give at a funeral? ›

How Much Should You Give? The traditional gift is the amount you would have spent on flowers for the service, generally between $50 and $100.

What is a short prayer for grieving family? ›

O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, that You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life's hardships.

How do you express deep sadness? ›

Here are a few ways to express your sadness:
  1. Let it out: vocalize your feelings (cry, yell, scream, etc.)
  2. Get creative: draw, paint or sculpt.
  3. Let loose: listen to music that reflects your sadness and dance to it.
  4. Put it in writing: write about your feelings in a journal or keep a sadness diary.
Jun 19, 2018

What is the emotional response to death? ›

Grief reactions lead to complex somatic and psychological symptoms. Feelings: The person who experiences a loss may have a range of feelings, including shock, numbness, sadness, denial, anger, guilt, helplessness, depression, and yearning. A person may cry for no reason.


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