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15 Helpful Prayers for the Loss of a Loved One

Death is a part of life, but this doesn’t even make it any easier for the bereaved.

The truth is, the death of a loved one often takes its toll on you, and sometimes it may feel like the anguish will never end.

In times like this, God remains the most reliable source of comfort and healing.

Hence, I have provided comfort prayers for the loss of a loved one,

so you can make effectual supplication to Jesus, whom the Bible tells us is a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.

I have also provided some of the most powerful Bible verses about loss to comfort you in your journey through grief.

Below are Comfort Prayers for the Loss of a Loved One.


  1. Prayer for Comfort When You Are Grieving.

John 16:33 (NIV) – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Heavenly Father, even though I am overwhelmed with grief over the passage of _____, I will not grieve like one without hope.

Though the pain is unbearable, I look to you to comfort my heart. Lift every burden from my heart and restore my joy.

Remind me of all the times you have been good to me. Do not let this loss turn my heart from you or make me doubt your goodness.

Amid the turmoil in my heart, remind me that you have overcome the world with all its troubles; including death, sorrow, and grief.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer of Comfort for a Grieving Mother.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Gracious God, this is the most challenging time in my life. I feel like I’m losing my mind from the anguish in my heart. Hence,

I have turned to you for consolation and comfort. Remove the bitterness and anger in my heart and assist me in trusting you again.

Heal my heart from this pain, fill it with your peace, and restore my family and me to wholeness.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1.  Healing Prayer for Loved One.

Psalm 41:3 (NIV) – The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.

Dear Lord, thank you for the grace you have given _____ to bear the loss of her loved one.

Thank you for sustaining her till now despite the pain she has been through. I pray that you give her soul the lasting healing it needs at this time.

The Scripture says that in all things, you work for the good of those who love you, who have been called according to your purpose.

Let her find solace and encouragement in this Scripture.

Above all, strengthen the faith that might have been discouraged and help her trust you again.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Grieving Friend.

John 16:22 (NIV) – So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Almighty God, I commit my dear friend who’s grieving to you.

The death of his loved one has left him so devastated that you are the only one who can console him.

See his tears, hear my prayers for him and lift the despair he’s currently feeling.

Silence the voice of the enemy trying to convince him that you have let him down.

May he understand that death is an inevitable end for every mortal you created. But in all, remind him of the hope of resurrection where we will all meet to part no more.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Loss of a Child.

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.

Sovereign Lord, I need you now more than ever. My heart is in severe pain over the death of my beloved child.

I won’t question your motive for taking away my dear child, I only ask that you give me the fortitude to bear this huge loss.

Uphold me with your righteous right hand at this time. Root out the doubts in my heart and reassure me of your goodness.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Loss of Brother.

Psalm 147:3 (NIV) – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Heavenly Father, you promised to restore me to health and heal my wounds;

hence, I pray you comfort and heal me from sorrowfulness and despair over my brother’s passage.

I have tried to overcome this grief alone, but it’s pointless because I haven’t made any progress so far.

Therefore, I ask that you, Loving God, be merciful to me now. Reach down in your loving care and cure me of this anguish.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Loss of Father.

Psalm 116:15 (NIV) – Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.

Abba Father, despite the grief of my dad’s demise, I’m grateful to you for a life well spent.

Thank you for sustaining him throughout his life and calling him home at a glorious age.

Now, I ask that you give my family and me the fortitude to bear this loss.

Fill the vacuum that his absence has created and strengthen us to await the glorious hope of resurrection when we will reunite and spend forever in your kingdom.

In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Related: 13 Powerful Prayers for Family and Friends.

  1. Comfort Prayer for Loss of Friend.

Romans 8:18 (NIV) – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Holy God, it grieves my heart that my precious friend has departed this world.

However, I’m thankful for the gift of knowing him and the times we shared.

Even though I’m overwhelmed with grief, I pray you to give me the fortitude to accept the current reality and learn to live with the new normal.

I also pray for his family; please comfort them; I know how much pain they are going through now.

Therefore, I ask that you be with them at this time and ease their grief. Heal our broken hearts and rekindle our hopes again.

As ____ completed his race successfully, help us run ours successfully to the very end.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen.

  1. Comfort Prayer for Loss of Husband.

Colossians 2:5 (NIV) – For though I am absent from you in body,

I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Lord Jesus, you had borne the grief of losing a loved one when your friend Lazarus died because the Bible tells us you wept.

Therefore, I know you can relate to what ____ is going through now after losing his beloved wife to the cold hands of death.

Please, Lord, comfort him at this time because none of us can. We can’t do much to console him, but I know you can. So, I request that you be near him at this time.

Above all, heal, strengthen, and give him a reason to live again.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Healing Prayer for Someone Who Lost a Loved One.

1 Peter 2:24 (NIV) – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, you have been healed.

Everlasting God, I pray for ______, please cure her of sadness and despair.

The death of her loved one may have come as a shock to her, but I know it didn’t take you unaware.

You that have the power of life and death in your hand, please restore _____ to health and let her live.

If this was your will, let her see how her suffering such anguish is for her benefit.

But in your love, keep her from the pit of self-destruction and inspire hope in her again.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Comfort After Loss of Loved One.

John 11:25-26 (NIV) – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

Compassionate God, nothing prepared me for ______’s demise. I can’t put the agony of this reality into words, but you know how devastated I am.

Please cure me of this pain and help me grieve with hope because I know we will meet again on the resurrection morning.

But until then, assist me in staying strong, steadfast, and firmly rooted in you. Most importantly, comfort her family as well in ways no one can.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for God’s Love and Peace.

Jeremiah 33:6 (NIV) – Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it;

I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

Heavenly Father, amid this hopelessness, help us feel the warmth of your love.

Remove all the negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions in our hearts and fill us with your peace that surpasses all understanding.

Give us the grace to not only accept _____’s transition to glory as your will. But to emerge from this stronger and better rooted in the faith.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Uplifting Prayers for Those Suffering Grief and Loss.

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

Gracious God, the Bible says that you are close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit.

So, I pray for all those suffering through the grief of a deceased loved one; please be near them at this time.

Hold their hands throughout this season of sorrow. Remind them that death only marks the beginning of a new life for all who die in Christ.

Mend all the broken hearts and fix the shattered hopes. Above all, fill the vacuum that has been created in their lives and families.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Consolation Prayer for Loss of a Friend.

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) – I will never leave you or forsake you.

Heavenly Father, as I grieve the loss of my beloved friend, I ask that you help me find comfort in the fact that you understand what I’m going through.

Console me over this irreparable loss of a rare gem that has become heaven’s gain.

The Scripture assures me that you will never leave or forsake me. So, I ask that you prove your word true and be with me through this challenging time.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

15. No More Sorrow or Death Prayer.

Revelation 21:4 (NIV) – He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Merciful God, I know the world is a wicked place. In it, the devil and his agents keep alive those who should die and kill those who should live.

But I ask that in the lives of those who love you and are called according to your purpose, safeguard their lives so that there will be no more losses of divine destinies in their prime.

I pray that you will overshadow your children’s lives from the adversary who goes through and from the earth seeking whom to devour.

No more will untapped potential heavenly assigned go down the grave without accomplishing their divine assignments.

Thank you, Precious Lord, for answering my prayers.

In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray, Amen.


The above comfort prayers for the loss of a loved one will assist you in seeking peace, healing, strength, and most importantly, comfort from God, our ever-present help.

Offer these prayers with faith, and God who answers prayers will hear you and restore you, your friend, family, or loved one to wholeness.


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