Prayers for the loss of a loved one
Here are prayers specifically to help with grieving the loss of a loved one.
Losing someone very close to you is one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. It takes a lot of faith and trust to make it through. God not only understands and sees our pain, he cares deeply. Use these prayers as a guide, but I encourage you to pour your heart out to Him who loves you. As well as, searching out meaning in scripture.
Jesus understands all because he suffered and died for you and me. Therefore, he’s worthy of our love and worship, even through our pain.
Prayers for the loss of a loved one
A Prayer for When the Grief is too Much to Bear
Dear Father in Heaven, oh how my heart aches. The pain of losing my loved one is too heavy for me to bear. I can hardly breathe. My eyes are swollen from tears. It feels as though the weight of the world is on me. I feel crushed on all sides. I cry out to you. Where are you, God? I feel alone and overwhelmed. I need to feel your lovingkindness. Fill me with hope again. Your mercies are new every morning. My hope and trust is in you. You are my rock, my fortress, my very present help in trouble. Hold me in the palm of your hand and never let me go. I love you and need you more than ever, Jesus. -Amen
Read Psalm 6, where David cried out in sorrow. Even godly men and women suffer.
A Prayer for When You Lack Understanding
Dear Father in Heaven, I don’t understand why you took my loved one from me. Don’t you realize how much I loved them and wanted them in my life? There is a hole in my life without them in it that hurts so badly. It feels as though my world is crumbling. I realize I live in a broken world where tragedies happen every day, but it doesn’t make my pain any easier. I confess, I wish you wouldn’t have taken them. Yet, I pray I not only accept your will in my life, but that you take this pain and turn it into something good for your glory- the way only you can. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing my prayer. I love you, Father. -Amen
Read John Chapter 11:1-44
A Prayer for When it Seems No One Understands
Dear Father in Heaven, no one understands my pain. I’ve lost someone special and life is different for me. Yet others in my life have moved on and don’t feel the same about this loss. They even say hurtful things without realizing it. Some days are harder than others because I’m reminded my loved one isn’t here. My family and friends can’t see the pain it all causes me. But you, Jesus, see my hurt, for you know what it’s like to feel pain, loss, and grief. You lived an earthly life and suffered many things. There was a point in your life where every single person had turned their back on you. But I have you and you promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you Jesus. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I love you. Thank you for always being there. – Amen
Read Mark 15:1-41
A Prayer for When You Need Comfort
Dear Father in Heaven, I’m standing in the shadow of death. The sun is shining, but my days are dark. I’ve suffered so much heartache and trauma. At times I can hardly bear the pain. I need comfort and relief. You, my shepherd, are the only one who can give me the comfort I need. When I am tempted to turn to other things for comfort, I pray Jesus you take my hand and walk me in the path of righteousness for your names sake. It feels as though I’m drowning in my tears. They fall and fall. My head is bowed and my spirit is aching and thirsty, but here you are to anoint my head and fill my cup. No one else can do that but you, Jesus. Calm the waters and give me rest. Let your goodness and mercy fill my life forever. -Amen
Read Psalm 23
A prayer for When you Feel Angry
Dear Father in Heaven, I have anger. It’s ugly, and it’s affecting me deeply. When my loved one died, my life changed forever. Not having them is like not having a part of me in this life. I don’t know how to cope at times. I know that what breaks my heart also breaks yours and that you weep with those who weep. But right now, the tears don’t even come because my heart is bitter over the unfairness of it all. Will you meet me where I am and help me? Give me beauty for ashes. Replace my bitterness and anger with peace and thankfulness. Remind me of all that I still have and the beauty that surrounds me. Even though a storm rages, I may have peace because of your resurrecting power within me. Thank you Father. -Amen
If you’ve lost a loved one, I hope these prayers brought you comfort.
Wherever you are in your grieving process, I hope these prayers for the loss of your loved one helped. I know there can be a lot of emotions that come and go. Continue to pray. It’s the best thing you can do.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
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