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40 Bible Quotes for the Death Anniversary of a Loved One

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 as 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.

Joy comes in the morning.

Joy comes in the morning.

Comfort

  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).
Christ strengthens me.

Christ strengthens me.

Strength

  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)
Put your hope in God.

Put your hope in God.

Hope

  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).
Do not be afraid.

Do not be afraid.

Peace

  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

  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 NIV).
  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 14:13)
  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.

Questions & Answers

Question: What Bible verse can I use as a memorial on a headstone for my father and my mother one year after their passing away?

Answer: My favorite memorial verse is from 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (New International Version): "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."

Next in line is "Those who are righteous will be long remembered" (Psalm 112:6 NLT).

May you have many pleasant memories of your parents as you revisit your loss.

Question: Is it wrong for a Christian to celebrate the anniversary of the death of a loved one?

Answer: On the anniversary of a loved one's death, it is helpful for those left behind to meet, reminisce if they care to, and encourage each other in the healing process. What would be wrong is for the Christian to think that the dead can participate. Psalm 146: 4 puts the departed one in the grave, without any ability to think. So, my opinion is that, with the knowledge that the celebration is for the living, not for the dead, it is appropriate.

Question: What would be a Bible verse I can use for a memorial verse on a headstone about my daughters passing from suicide?

Answer: Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your daughter. I pray that you find some peace and comfort to help you through your grief.

Your daughter's life and death will not be in vain if the verse on her headstone encourages those she leaves behind to hold on tightly to the love of God. One such verse is found in Romans 8: 38. I would quote a part of it:

"Neither death nor life ...can separate us from God' love."

Question: What verse can I use for the death anniversary of my brother?

Answer: Thanks for the question. You can use one of the following verses below. Choose the one which best agrees what you think about your brother:

(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 NIV).

(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 14:13)

Question: Can we do a remembrance for the dead in Christ?

Answer: The "Remembrance Process" website summarizes six reasons for the remembrance, and I agree:

1) To acknowledge the reality of death.

2) To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.

3) To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.

4) To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.

5) To ponder and search for new meaning in life.

6) To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.

That said, please note that all the purposes of the remembrance have to do with the living. Yes, the living can but the dead cannot participate or receive any benefit from the remembrance. Psalm 115: 17 and 146:4 denies that they can.

A remembrance for the dead in Christ may have the added objective of reminding the living to follow in his or her steps.

Question: What activities should a Christian perform for the second year of passing away of a wife?

Answer: I am totally unfamiliar with such activities, but I Googled "activities to celebrate death anniversaries" and one article by Funeral Guide came up. It has twelve (12) ideas. I hope that you will find one you can use. May the memory of your loved one kindle comfort and peace in your heart.

Question: What message can we give to the family on the death anniversary of their father?

Answer: On the anniversary of the father’s death, it helps to share a message of gratitude:

• For the good times he shared with them, contributing to the joy of family togetherness;

• For the discipline he administered which helped them grow up responsibly;

• For the example he gave them of how to appreciate the good and how to deal with the not-so-good;

• For whatever legacies he left behind.

The gratitude list can be as long as desired. It will help the family to focus on the pleasure of sharing his life, rather than the pain of losing him. The Bible verse I recommend (if they are believers) for reflection is 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV): "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."

May they have many pleasant memories as they revisit their loss.

Question: What quote can I use for what a friend we have in Jesus?

Answer: I think that you are asking for a quote which mentions Jesus as a friend. Here's one from John 15: 14-16:

"You are my friends if you do what I command. . . Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you."

Question: What Bible verse can I use on my mother's head stone?

Answer: Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your mother. Following are four verses which may be appropriate for her headstone.

(1) Blessed are those who die in the Lord . . . for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them! (Revelation 14:13 NLT)

(2) Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones. (Psalm 116:15 NASB)

(3) 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 NIV).

(4) Those who are righteous will be long remembered (Psalm 112:6 NLT).

Hope this helps.

Question: What Bible verse is good for the death anniversary of my son?

Answer: What do you think your heart needs most? Comfort, strength, hope or peace? You can revisit the quotes and choose one from the section you prefer. Or if your focus is on remembering him, I recommend that you choose from the following two:

(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 NIV).

(2) Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do (Ephesians 6:8).

The death of a child is among the greatest force of stress, but God can comfort the most stressful soul. I pray that you experience His peace.

Question: What Bible verse can I use in a church memorial ad for my parents?

Answer: Any one of the following three verses seems appropriate:

(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 NIV).

(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 14:13)

Question: What would be a Bible verse I can use for a memorial verse on a headstone for my grandfather who is just a namesake Christian?

Answer: I'm interpreting your question to mean that your grandfather said that he was a Christian but he did not live according to Christian principles. No matter how he lived, the following verse is true.

Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do." (Ephesians 6:8).

He did some good, some of which you don't even know about. Neither do you know the extent of the good he did. Leave his judgment up to the God who knows. Carry on with joy for the good you still can do, and pray for grace to live according to the godly principles that you know.

© 2017 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 13, 2020:

MG, your comment is encouraging, especially because you are not a Christian. Thank you.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 13, 2020:

Though not a christian I appreciate your quotes from the Bible. Very touching

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 13, 2020:

Swarjeet, I affirm your declaration. God is good all the time.

Swarjeet deep on September 13, 2020:

God is good

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 26, 2020:

Thank you, Rizalina, for your kind encouragement. God bless you, too.

Rizalina Regner - Pol on August 26, 2020:

I love all the verses quoted here. More power to you. God blesses us all.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Ernest, thanks for your feedback. I'm also comforted by these verses. The Scriptures provide just what we need.

Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on August 21, 2020:

Hah, I am relieved by this great article. More than enough comforting passages from the Bible. The best of all, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Thanks for sharing Miss Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 19, 2020:

Peter, thanks for your comment. Jesus Himself responded with Scripture. I think that proves that it is also a good practice for you and me.

Peter olaonipekun on April 19, 2020:

Am so glad most especially the way you respond with bible reference, thanks

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 10, 2019:

Agatsiva, glad that you benefited from these quotes. I am not knowledgeable about memorial services (if that's different than a funeral) or that some pastors refuse to attend them. Sorry that I do not have an answer to your question. I suggest you try Googling the information.

Agatsiva Kedera on December 10, 2019:

I have benefitted a lot. amen. Question: why do some modern day pastors refuce to be part of memorial services of the dead person?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 20, 2019:

Kathy, thank you for the hugs and prayers. I appreciate your insight coming our of your own experience with grief. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Burton from Florida on January 18, 2019:

Having gone through the grieving process many times, I recognize it is an ever-evolving and painful process. Grieving is not static and anniversaries are milestones. Thank you again for sharing your wisdom and a poignant piece of you. I offer you hugs and prayers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 03, 2018:

Thanks, Marie. Hope you enjoyed your Michigan trip. Yours is a noble task.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on October 02, 2018:

You always have such good and wholesome articles, Dora.

I recently received eight solicitations from Franciscan Friars for various mass novenas, one of which is All Souls Day wherein prayers for dead loved ones are said. (The mail had piled up due my two-month visit in Michigan.)

So, yes, it is right and proper to remember our loved ones who've passed and even pray for them. Christ is with us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 30, 2018:

Thanks, Leland. I like the memorial service for the same reasons you do. There's comfort in numbers.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on September 29, 2018:

Hi Ms.Dora- I'm sorry for your loss, but blessed to see you handling it in the mature, loving way everyone knew you would, and by seeking comfort in the Lord, not worldly things. I really appreciated the way you constructed the poll too, it was very thoughtful and sensitive. I chose a memorial service, preferably where survivors could talk about the departed and talk about fond memories, funny stories, etc. God bless. Leland

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2018:

Thank you, LaKendra. I appreciate you pointing out that error. I have made the corrections.

LaKendra on August 30, 2018:

Thank you for writing this!

Just want to say the Rev scripture is 14:13, not 13:14

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 10, 2018:

Thanks, Miebakagh, for affirming that the Word of God more than more popular sources, is a great for providing comfort. My belief is similar.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 09, 2018:

Hi, MsDora, thanks for a godly article. We as christians should always take the word of God, our heavenly father for comfort, strengthen and so on. Why should we rely on the words of the ungodly at such a period of lost of a loved one? Psm1. The scripture, "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthen me," is my favorit NT verse. Thank you, and God bless you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 23, 2018:

Thanks, Linda. I appreciate your words of compassion and your wish for my healing. May God bless you too with whatever your heart needs right now.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 05, 2018:

Dora, my heart aches with yours. The loss of a loved one never completely heals, but in time the tears are replaced with a warm smile of remembrance. Thank you for sharing your faith. Your compilation of Bible verses is beautiful and comforting. God grant you peace and contentment and the assurance that you will see your mom again.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 05, 2018:

Today (July 5, 2018), on the second anniversary of my mother's death, these Bible promises compiled in her honor have been read more than 60,000 times. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words" [1 Thessalonians 4:18].

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 25, 2018:

Debbie, that's a great idea. I think that GriefShare dot com is a good resource organization. If they do not have a ritual/liturgy they may be open to helping you make or find one. Thanks for asking.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 25, 2018:

Thanks, Nishibonya. It should help to have all these verses in one place when they're needed.

Debbie on February 24, 2018:

Hi Dora,

I wonder if you are aware of any ritual/liturgy that is available as a form of pastoral care, for those significant anniversaries, specifically as part of a remembrance of a loved one. I was a student chaplain in a residential care facility and found that most of the residents were elderly widows. I feel strongly that having a meaningful ritual/liturgy to share with residents ( or elderly ) on the anniversary of death, or a remembrance on days such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries would be especially welcomed by many --in a 1 to 1 setting. What are your thoughts? Are you aware of any resources?

Nishibonya from India on December 18, 2017:

Lovely.. :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 02, 2017:

John, I guess that your comment means you like the quotes. Thanks for your feedback.

John on December 02, 2017:

Bring it on !

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 23, 2017:

Golden, I like the meaning of Lukisaeli. Thanks for sharing. Your comment made me read the verses again before I respond to you. I agree with you when you say, "The words heal our pain, sorrow, and bring new hope."

Grief surfaces afresh on the death anniversary. Cling to these words and with God's help, you'll pull through. Remember the good times and give thanks!

Golden Kavishe on November 23, 2017:

Thank you Dora, Today when I am writing this comment, is also my first anniversary of my mothers death (Lukisaeli, Name meaning "Oh Lord look for us"). most of what you have explained is just like you are talking on behalf of me.

When I look back the way I was connected to her, lifelong moments, I feel like I have lost part of me, life is totally not the same, Pain, even more pain whenever I remember her! I know a lot of people have going through this.. The only hope comes from the words of God. The words heals our pain, sorrow, and brings new hope! Through Jesus sometimes I remember her with a smile.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 12, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2017:

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.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 12, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 15, 2017:

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

Mary on September 15, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 08, 2017:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 08, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 05, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 04, 2017:

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

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on July 03, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 24, 2017:

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.

Tamara Moore on June 24, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 23, 2017:

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!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 23, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2017:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2017:

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

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 20, 2017:

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?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2017:

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.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 19, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 18, 2017:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on June 18, 2017:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 18, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 18, 2017:

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.

manatita44 from london on June 18, 2017:

Lol.

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

Terrie Lynn from Canada on June 18, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

manatita44 from london on June 18, 2017:

I like that, Dee.

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

manatita44 from london on June 18, 2017:

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

whonunuwho from United States on June 18, 2017:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 18, 2017:

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. :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on June 18, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2017:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 18, 2017:

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.