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Using the Bible to Cope with Death and Grief


The death of a loved one is never easy. Coping with death can feel overwhelming. For many, it leads to questions about the purpose of life and trying to justify the realities of death.

Time and God’s love are the best tools to overcome grief. These Bible verses about death will help you better understand the plan—and comfort—Heavenly Father has in store for all of His children.

God Will Always Love You

Perhaps the biggest comfort in times of grief is knowing that you are loved. When it seems that no one else understands what you are feeling, remember these words: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).

The Apostle Paul wrote those words in his epistle to the Romans, and they’ve remained relevant ever since due to their simple, yet profound, meaning. God loves you.

More evidence of God’s love is found in Peter’s New Testament writings. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Here, Peter reminds you to leave things to God and trust in Him. As your Heavenly Father, He cares about everything in your life. God wants to help you because He loves you. When you turn to Him in prayer, He will give you comfort.

There Is Hope and Peace After Death

“To every thing there is a season, a time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

We’ll all go through difficult times, but this promise in Ecclesiastes tells you that the season of your grief will pass. As John recorded in The Book of Revelation, “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).

The scriptures promise peace in the future, but the Bible also assures that God can bring you comfort right now. When He knew His own death was near, Jesus encouraged His apostles that all would be well. “I will not leave you comfortless,” he promised (John 14:18). “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16).

This Comforter is the Holy Spirit, a member of the Godhead whose very purpose is to bring you comfort, peace, and a personal conviction of truth and of God’s love.

Everyone Will Be Resurrected

Greater hope comes with the understanding that mortality is not the end. Not only will grief be erased in the next life, you will see your loved ones again.

“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).

This scripture says that everyone—no matter how they lived their life—will be resurrected. That’s one of the greatest gifts of the Atonement, “that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust” (Acts 24:15).

Because Jesus died, Atoned for all sin, and was Resurrected, every person will live again. The purpose of God’s glorious plan is that we all might live with Him and our loved ones eternally.

God knows your grief. He offers the power of the Holy Ghost and a knowledge of His plan as a comfort to you, and to all His children. Study His words in the Bible. Turn to Him in prayer. And feel the peace and hope He has in store for you.

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