How to Choose Scriptures and Bible Verses for Funerals

Monday, December 16, 2019

There is no time more difficult than when you have to say goodbye to a loved one but almost 3 million families intimately feel that pain every year in the US.

One of the final acts of service and public messages of love a person can perform for their dearly departed loved one can be to give a talk at the memorial or funeral service.

It can be difficult to know what to say and what the perfect bible verses for funerals of people that mean more than words could express.

Keep reading to learn some tips on how to choose the right scriptures and bible verses for funerals.

Consider Your Loved One

The most touching funeral messages are always personal in nature with comforting words for those in mourning. If your loved one had a favorite passage from the bible try to find a way to incorporate it into your words.

The New Testament offers many verses of comfort. 

In John chapter 14 verses 1-3 you'll find a message reminding listeners to trust in God and not let their hearts be troubled.

Any verse reminding loved ones of the glory and peace found in the afterlife may bring great comfort to their pain.

2 Corinthians 1:2-5 also offer verses to comfort the heart and mind.

2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

There are also many passages in Psalms which are appropriate bible verses for funerals. Psalms 23 and 46 are both verses of comfort and love from God to His children.

Consider the Audience

You know your family and loved ones and can tailor the words you use and scriptures you quote to be more personal for those who will be there. 

Different spiritual beliefs and religious traditions are cherished by individuals from every walk of life. Be sensitive to the cultural and religious beliefs of the family of the person who passed away. 

First and Second Thessalonians both have verses speaking of eternal life and how there is reason for hope even in death.

If you have a spiritual relationship with God, think about what you want to say and then pray for help to find the right passages to honor your loved one.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of finding the right scriptures you can always seek the advice of your spiritual advisor. You may find a family bible on your loved one's bookshelf with verses marked. This could give you a place to start.

Finding the Right Bible Verses for Funerals

When searching for the right bible verses for funerals it is important to remember that as long as you speak from the heart, you are honoring your loved one.

It isn't the words you speak that will stay in their hearts forever, it is the love that those words were expressed with.

Please contact us for any assistance you may need in preparing for the difficult experience of saying goodbye to someone you love. 

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