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40 Bible Quotes for the Death Anniversary of a Loved One

Updated on July 26, 2017
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MsDora, Certified Christian Counselor, helps grieving persons by sharing practical suggestions and by her personal expressions of grief.

Three weeks before the first anniversary of my mother’s death, my heart is still sore. The memory of our interaction as Alzheimer's patient and caregiver, as well that of watching her exhale her last breath are still vivid. In recent days, I have aggravated the pain by unmindful actions like the following:

  • lowering my voice during a conversation to avoid disturbing her;
  • attempting to put matches and knives out of her reach;
  • passing by and looking into her room to see how she is doing.

For the hundreds (including me) who experience confusion and emotional discomfort on or around the anniversary of a loved one’s death, the following Bible quotes* are meant to bring comfort, strength, hope and peace; also to conjure up precious memories when grief surfaces afresh.

Comfort

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4).

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  1. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5).
  2. I will comfort you . . . as a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13).
  3. For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. (Psalm 49:13).
  4. Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22).
  5. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips (Isaiah 57:19).
  6. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears (Isaiah 25:8).
  7. Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant (Psalm 119:76).
  8. God himself will be with them [His people]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
  9. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer (Psalm 94:19).
  10. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4).

Strength

Those who trust in the LORD will find new strength (Isaiah 40:31).

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  1. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
  2. I cling to you [God]; your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8).
  3. The Lord is my strength . . . I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving (Psalm 28:7).
  4. My spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26).
  5. And He [the Lord] said . . . “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
  6. O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! (Jeremiah 32:17)
  7. O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! (Psalm 22:19)
  8. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength (Psalm 138: 8).
  9. Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3: 17).
  10. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)

Hope

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7).

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  1. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11)
  2. Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. . . Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness (Psalm 51:11).
  3. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them (Psalm 10:17).
  4. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died (1 Thessalonians 4: 14).
  5. I [Jesus] am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying (John 11:25).
  6. But those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! (Isaiah 26:19)
  7. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God (Psalm 146:5).
  8. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.
    You will lie down unafraid (Job 11: 18, 19).
  9. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory" 1 Corinthians 15:54).
  10. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope (Acts 2:26).

Peace

The Lord blesses them [His people] with peace (Psalm 29:11).

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  1. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27).
  2. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die (Isaiah 57:2).
  3. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)
  4. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. . . Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. (Philippians 4: 6. 7).
  5. I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him (Romans 15:13).

Memories

We have happy memories of the godly (Proverbs 10:7).

How would you celebrate the life of a departed loved one on the anniversary of his or her death?

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  1. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
  2. Those who are righteous will be long remembered (Psalm 112:6).
  3. Blessed are those who die in the Lord . . . for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them! (Revelation 13:14).
  4. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do (Ephesians 6:8).
  5. Now stand here quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors (1 Samuel 12:7).


*Quotations are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.

© 2017 Dora Weithers

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      Peg Cole 5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you, friend. You are a source of great comfort, as well.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, my sincerest sympathy for your recent loss. You have some great memories which, along with these quotes, I pray would bring you some peace. You're so right; she has now entered into complete and rest. I pray that you experience God's comfort.

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      Peg Cole 5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      In light of recent events in our family, I am comforted now by the quote of Revelation 21:4. It's tough not reminding myself of those last few days, hours and breaths but I take comfort in knowing she was strong in her faith and she is no longer in pain. Thank you for these quotes of reassurance and hope.

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      Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, may you experience God's peace and comfort through these verses. Remember the good times and give thanks.

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      Mary 2 months ago

      Thank you, Dora. The first anniversary of my mother's death is this weekend on 9/17. I found your post looking for ways to cope with this loss. Thank you for your help - I am printing this out to read and meditate on.

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      Dora Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Shauna. Comforting thoughts like these help us to cope, and we'll always need them.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      Dora, I know how your heart must ache. These quotes are very comforting for those who are left behind once a loved one passes. Although their pain is gone, it lingers in the hearts of the living.

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      Dora Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Today July 5, the actual anniversary of my other's death, this verse comforts me: My spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26).

      Thanks to my readers for all the caring, comforting comments. God bless us all!

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      Dora Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks RD, for your affirmation. Hope many other readers find the encouragement that you and I have found in these Scripture verses.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 months ago

      Encouraging list of verses :) Thank you for sharing them :)

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara, sorry for your loss. No matter how much time has passed, we still need some mental and spiritual props occasionally. These verses will help all of us. Thanks for your input.

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      Tamara Moore 5 months ago

      Thank you, sweet Dora. My sons' dad passed away when they were teenagers. He, and I, had been married for nearly 12 years. These Bible quotes will be an invaluable blessing to me, and my sons.

      During his Memorial, I quoted the verse on:

      "Oh death, where is your sting?"

      We will see our loved ones, again, thru Jesus Christ! Amen!

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for your affirmation. I guess if we embrace the memories, the pain and the loss, they will eventually be absorbed into the foundation of our strength. May God's love and peace surround us all!

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      Denise W Anderson 5 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      As I go through the affects of both my mother-in-law and father-in-law, I, too, have had my thoughts drawn out toward them. Each picture, each memento that I handle brings back feelings and memories. It has been three years since my mother-in-law has -passed away, and only one for my father-in-law, but the memories are still vivid!

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Linda. The quotes help me too. So good to find promises of comfort, strength and peace. God is our Source.

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      Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm sorry for your loss and sympathize with your feelings as the anniversary of your mother's death approaches, Dora. You've share some wonderful quotes that will be helpful for many people.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, a book of quotes is not a bad idea. I may think about it some more. Thanks and God bless you!

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      William Kovacic 5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another well-done, heartfelt hub, Dora. A lot of thought went into this. Just a curious thought - have you ever thought about taking your many quotes and putting them together in book form?

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Peg. I know I don't have to say it, but I still want to tell you to cherish your mom with all you've got. Enjoy each day. I appreciate your sentiments of comfort.

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      Peg Cole 5 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I think about you and your Mother when I see my own Mom. Watching her slip from the vibrant, hardworking woman she was, to the present, where she slows down more each day, growing ever more forgetful, I know it will not be too long before I grieve as well. Nothing can replace our moms. My heart goes out to you as you face the anniversary of her parting.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, both you and Lori have blessed me tremendously today. By sharing your reactions to the memory of your moms, you make me feel normal. Yes, the hope of meeting and enjoying fellowship with you is one reason to be thankful for heaven. Meanwhile, we will encourage each other and I do hope that these Bible quotes help. Stay blessed! Stay faithful!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

      So true for just like Lori says (all those things) and although I have changed my mom's room and use it for a guest room I still call it hers and guess I always will. It is flowers for me more than anything that I always so wish my mom could see and she comes to mind as I see and photograph them. I guess we are maybe the last of daughters that love their mothers so deep. We know from the bible these natural feelings change in these last days.

      I so thank God to know friends who know and share these feelings still. It won't be long Dora that we will all know such joy together with our dear mothers with no pain or any earthly woes standing in our way. I so hope we can all get to know one another in that world God says we cannot even imagine the wonder of!

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, thank you so much for sharing. Makes me know that I am not seriously delusional. Hope you will eventually get to the place where Mother's Day bring you joy again. Thanks for your love and support.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, your perspective of death as a gateway is insightful and encouraging. Thank you very much for your kind comment.

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      Lori Colbo 5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Sending hugs and prayers during this time of grief. You worked hard on this, a lot of research. I am comforted myself.

      I lost my mom 15 years ago and I still think about her multiple times a day. I still get the urge to call her, to share something wonderful in my life with her, or to ask her questions I failed to ask when she was here. My mind says, "Oh Mom is going to be thrilled." Or I may come very close to calling her. I hate that second when I realize she's not here to share with. The most difficult day for me is not her birthday or anniversary of her death but Mother's Day. My boys and grands call, but there is a big gaping hole on that day and brings me a sadness I can't shake for days sometimes.

      God be with you dear Dora. We here at HP love you.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Such a fine piece. Your are hands down the finest Bible quoter that I know.

      In that I have too much empathy I feel the pain of those bereaving. But I just don't feel it. I can only believe death here is a gateway that those passing "get" to take. Almost like a graduation. Your quotes fit nicely into that view -- thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, I appreciate your sharing about your mom; hope it gets easier as time passes. Thank God for understanding friends like you who take the time to share comfort. This is one of the good things to think about.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Terrie, I appreciate your comforting words. Sorrows are a part of life and when they become heavy, God provides understanding friends like you to say to say the right words. Thank you and thank God.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Just when I think you can do no better! This is so wonderful as an aid to anyone in mourning for a parent.

      Thankfully I did not watch my mother die but almost every day I live with the pain of not being able to be with her and comfort her, of knowing she was ill treated and not looked after hardly more than an animal with family passing practically by her door every day.

      Do be comforted you were able to be there as hard as it might have been. My biggest comfort now after seven years and still with her in thought every day of my life is knowing just where she is at and not in a grave as the shell of her human flesh is.

      God bless you Dora to reach a good place of comfort and rest thinking about your mom. Of course you know it will never go away but just dwelling on the good things that make us smile is the best medicine I think.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Lol.

      Off to Sunday poetry. Extending a warm embrace to you at this special time. Hugs.

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      Terrie Lynn 5 months ago from Canada

      Prayers to you and your family Dora. My the memories of her life comfort you. Some days will be hard, I try to remember the good. It also helps to know they are no longer suffering and one day we have the chance to see them again. Hugs to you.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manitata, ever so slowly but surely, it appears that I am learning from one of the best. Thanks!

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      I like that, Dee.

      You're becoming like me ... poetic and sublime!! (chuckle)

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. Grief hurts and it helps. It is part of the price for the enjoyment we call life.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Whonu, God bless you, too. Comments like yours make me feel useful. Some of the bereaved just bear the pain in silence, because it seems that no one cares. I hope to do better at remembering them.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing, Bill. One day at a time, we all try to get there.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Very inspirational; heart-felt quotes and a joy to read. Mourning is different for many, but essential to growth. God bless your Heart, Dora.

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thank you or these nice reminders and your concern for the bereaving family. Many blessings my friend. whonu

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I slowly move from sadness to sweet melancholy over the death of a loved one. The transition may take years but I do eventually reach a peaceful place in my heart. :)

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tim, you made my day. Thank you. Praying that yours turns out beautifully.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks Dora. It ministered to me on this Father's Day of remembrance.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, thanks for remembering me. You're kind, thoughtful and sweet. Thanks for your friendship and support.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      My heart goes out to you, Dora, as you remember your mother. You've been in my thoughts lately for this very reason, and I hope you are doing okay. Your quotes should provide others experiencing loss with a way to grieve and seek relief and reflection. A big hug to you, sweet lady.