When we lose a loved one it is a time of pain and grief. We are bereft at having someone so special to us taken. Death is cruel and impacts not just ourselves, but the immediate family and all those surrounding the deceased.
After the death of someone many people want to find ways to try and feel better. They look for help and understanding, to try and make sense of what has happened. That might mean finding comfort amongst family or friends, reaching out for professional help or just trying get through it alone.
Right here on Churchgists, you are privy to a litany of relevant information on healing prayer for someone who lost a loved one, condolence comfort prayer for loss of loved one, prayer for bereaved family, and so much more. Take out time to visit our catalog for more information on similar topics.
Short Prayer For Grieving Family
Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love.
Some though will turn to prayer.
Praying after a death can help to bring peace to those mourning. By praying for someone you have lost you find comfort and can soothe the pain.
So if you want to pray for a lost loved one and remember those who have passed, or just offer support to those grieving a death, try these prayers for the dead.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Love always, in the name of Jesus.
Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, have mercy
on those who mourn
who feel numb and crushed
and are filled with the pain of grief,
whose strength has given up
You know all our sighing and longings:
be near to us and teach us to fix our hope on you
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus,
for he often refreshed me,
and was not ashamed of my chain,
but when he was in Rome,
he sought me diligently, and found me
(the Lord grant to him to find the Lord’s mercy on that day);
and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.
In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
May you be held by the God of compassion
as you remember your loved ones today.
May God be with you in your sorrow,
and comfort you in your loss.
May your God, your family and your friends,
give you strength and confidence.
May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace,
and may the light of God’s promise fill you with joy and hope.
Prayer For Grief And Strength
O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly beseech Thee for the soul of Thy servant N…,
which Thou hast this day commanded to depart out of this world,
that Thou wouldst not deliver it into the hands of the enemy,
nor forget it unto the end, but wouldst command it to be received by the Holy Angels,
and conducted to Paradise,
its true country; that as in Thee it hath hoped and believed,
it may not suffer the pains of hell, but may take possession of eternal joys.
Through Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life.
Listen to our prayers;
look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister.Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You;
do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You,
but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy,
and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever.
Prayer For Someone Who Just Passed Away
Condolence Comfort Prayer For Loss of Loved One
Prayer to Come to Jesus
Scripture: 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. – Matthew 11:28-30
“Father in heaven, my dear friend is heavy laden with grief. The sadness we feel at a loved one’s death is an incredible weight, and the grieving process is just plain hard.
“I ask that you would bear her burden and relieve her from her labors. I also ask that you provide what you have promised, which is rest for her soul.
“You are a gentle savior, and you are lowly in heart. That’s exactly what my sweet friend needs right now. She has been brought low, and needs a gentle friend to lighten the load. I pray that you would do that for her, so that she may find rest even as she mourns.”
- All Things New
Scripture: Behold, I am making all things new. – Revelation 21:5
“O Lord, you are the God of life. You have created all things for your glory, and though the world is fallen and broken, you sent your Son to heal, redeem, and restore. That work has begun, and while we await its completion, we mourn.
“But we do not mourn as those who have no hope. You have promised to come again. Death will be defeated at last, and you will make all things new. On that day, when we rise to meet you, we have hope that all who have died in faith will be raised up and made new again, in the image and likeness of your Son.
“For this hope, we thank you. I ask that you would help my dear friend to grieve well, and in so doing look to Jesus, the resurrection and the life. In his name we pray, amen.”
- Call Upon the Lord for Comfort
Scripture: Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. – Psalm 50:15
“O Lord, you told us to call upon you in the day of trouble. Today, we are greatly troubled. Grief can feel so overwhelming, so all-encompassing, so unending, so painful.
“We can’t bear this load on our own. So we come to you. We call upon you: help us to cast our anxieties and cares upon you, knowing that you care for us. Deliver us from these troubles by providing comfort.
“And we thank you for the promise that you will deliver; you will comfort; you will give us rest. As we call upon you, help us to see and feel and know your deliverance, and thus glorify you even as we mourn.”
- Prayer for Comfort in Loss
Scripture: 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. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“O Lord, you are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. You yourself have suffered the death of your only Son. If you did not spare your own Son but gave him up for us all, as the Scripture says, how will you not also with him graciously give us all things?
“Your Word says that you comfort us in our affliction. We call upon you to fulfill that promise – not that my grieving friend here would no longer grieve or no longer miss [decedent’s name], but that in this sorrow she would be comforted by you. If your hand give it, and if we know that you have promised to do so, then we also know that the comfort you provide will be good, and true, and sure.
“Please comfort. Please give hope. Please wrap your arms around my dear sister today as she mourns. May she share abundantly in the grace, love, and comfort that only you can provide.”
- Psalm 23
Scripture: One of the most cherished and comforting sections of the entire Bible, you could simply pray through Psalm 23. Tell your grieving friend, “I’d like to just pray through Psalm 23 for you. Would you join me and make this your own?” Then begin praying something like this:
“Father in heaven, your Word is sufficient for our every need. Right now, my dear friend needs comfort. Here is our prayer; please make these truths a reality in our lives:
“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 me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
- Prayer of Compassion
Scripture: For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. – Lamentations 3:31-32
“Lord, thank you that you have compassion for us. Your Word says that your compassion is according to the abundance of your steadfast love. You loved us so much that you sent your only Son to die for us, for our sins, so that we – by faith in his name – might live before you. That’s a lot of love!
“So if your steadfast love is that great, then we can be sure that your compassion for us is just as great, no matter what we are suffering. As my friend [name] grieves, and maybe even feels like you have cast him off, I ask that you would hear his cry.*
- Prayer of Blessing
Scripture: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26
“O God, you are the God of blessing. As Paul wrote, you have ‘blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.’* I ask that the blessings of these verses would be true for my friend.
“In her grief, may you bless and keep her. As she mourns, may you make your face to shine upon her and be gracious to her. In her sorrows, may you lift up your countenance upon her, and give her peace.”
- Condolence Prayer
Scripture: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
“Dear Lord, you’ve told us to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Today we are here, sadly, for the latter. Our sister in Christ is brokenhearted over the death of her [husband/mother/friend/etc], and our hearts break with hers. As part of the church – your body – we are all wounded at the loss of a beloved member.
“So we weep together. Jesus himself wept at death; it is no shame. It is right to grieve and mourn and be sorrowed when a loved one dies. We ask of you, Father, that you would be with us all as we mourn. Show us a special grace as we seek to comfort one another with the hope we have in the resurrection of Jesus.
“And please be present with [grieving person’s name] in her time of need. Heal her broken heart as she mourns. Bind up her wounds until the pain of loss becomes a holy desire to see her loved one again, with your perfect timing, in your presence. We ask that you would console and comfort our sister, strengthen her faith in sorrow, and help the rest of us to love her well during this trying time.”
- My Grace is Sufficient for You
Scripture: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
“O God of all sufficient grace, we look to you in this time of sorrow. You tell us to call upon you in the day of trouble, because you will answer and deliver so that we may glorify you.* From our vantage point, we may not see how this death and this grief glorifies you.
“But we call to you in obedience and faith. May your grace be sufficient for my grieving friend. May your power be shown to be perfect in this time of loss and weakness. Bring healing, comfort, and peace. Bring your grace. You have promised that your grace is enough for whatever the need may be.
“Hear our prayer, for the need is great. When we are weak, you are strong. Be glorified in our lives as we mourn, yet walk in faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
- Prayer of Trust in the Midst of Grief
Scripture: The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:9-10
“Our Father in heaven, we come before you weighed down with grief. I’m grieving alongside my friend at this great loss. I know that, as Psalm 9 talks about, she is feeling oppressed and forsaken, steeped in trouble and in need of a stronghold.
“You are that stronghold. O Lord, you are a stronghold for the oppressed. You have not forsaken those who seek you. Today, together, filled with grief and in the midst of this trouble, we seek you. Your name is a strong tower; we know it and therefore put our trust in you.
“Be our stronghold. Protect my friend from despair, shield her from oppression, grant her comfort in the midst of her grief. Thank you that you are her shield, her strong tower, her stronghold. We lay these troubles before you in faith, and trust that you will protect and save.”
- Sorrow and Sighing Shall Flee
Scripture: The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. “I, I am he who comforts you.” – Isaiah 51:11-12
“O Lord, we know that your hand is sovereign over all things. It is you who determines our end from our beginning, and it is you who sets the span of our days. Even so, it is you who comforts us in our troubles.
“You gave us a promise that your ransomed people would return to you with singing, with everlasting joy and gladness. You promised that one day, sorrow and sighing would flee away. Through Christ, we have a real and true hope that that day will come. One day, all things will be renewed and we will be so glad to be in your presence forevermore.
“Until then, there is a time to grieve, to sorrow, and to sigh. This is that time. As my friend mourns, please reveal yourself to be the Comforter. You said ‘I, I am he who comforts you.’ So we cry out to you and ask that you would fulfill this promise. Be present, bring your hope, and bring comfort. We ask this in the name of Jesus, amen.”
- Benediction Prayer
Scripture: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14
“O Lord, we lift up our dear friends before you and ask that you would be with them in a special way as they mourn the loss of their loved one.
“May you bless them with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that they would grieve deeply yet with hope. May you show them the love of God, that their souls would be comforted in your fatherly arms. And may you surround them with the fellowship of your Holy Spirit, that their loneliness would be tempered as your body, the church, and your Spirit minister to them and support them in this trying hour.”