September 17, 2006, will be forever etched in my mind and in my heart. It was the day I both welcomed and said goodbye to my beautiful twin girls, Gabrielle and Michelle. Due to pregnancy complications, they were both born and died too soon. In days, weeks, and years since then, I have dealt with grieving the loss of a child.
During this time of grief, I have found many Bible verses of condolence for times of loss. The path of grief is a tough one, but I hope you will find some solace and comfort in knowing that God is with you through this.
Losing a baby or a child is one of the hardest things you can grow through, but even in your loss, God is at work. In the Bible, He shows us again and again that He cares about us. Not only does God care for us, but He brings us comfort and condolence in our loss.
- 1. Joshua 1:9
- 2. Psalm 23:4
- 3. Psalm 34:18
- 4. Isaiah 43:2
- 5. Psalm 56:8
- 6. Psalm 147:3
- 7. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
- 8. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
- 9. Psalm 18:28
- 10. Psalm 73:26
- 11. Isaiah 41:10
- 12. Matthew 11:28-29
- 13. Job 1:21b
- 14. Proverbs 3:5-6
- 15. Isaiah 55: 8-11
- 16. Romans 8:18
- 17. Romans 8:28
- 18. Jeremiah 31:13
- 19. Matthew 5:4
- 20. Philippians 4:6-7
- 21. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Words of Comfort for the Loss of a Child
I remember the early days of the loss of my twin girls. Many friends sent me words of comfort and Scriptures to comfort the grieving. These Scriptures would bring me comfort and hope in the days ahead, especially when the pain was so raw.
How can you find comfort in the midst of grief? What can give you a positive outlook even as you mourn your sweet baby? What Bible verses and truths can you find comfort in? While it may be hard in the midst of the pain, it’s important to remember who God is. He doesn’t change and continues to be with us, even if it doesn’t “feel” like it.
The Bible is full of spiritual words of comfort for the loss of a child and that is truly where the best words of comfort come from. Human words can’t begin to compare to what God has to say.
Bible Verses to Comfort the Loss of a Child
As I just mentioned, there are many Bible verses to comfort the grieving in the loss of a baby or child. In God’s Word, you can find promises that He is with you in your pain and loss. He walks beside you every step through the grief process.
The following Scriptures for grieving parents will remind you that God is with you in your pain, that He cares for you, that He wants to strengthen you through your hardships, and that through Him you have true hope and comfort. It doesn’t matter how hard the circumstance, how deep the grief, or how long the road is. God is with you as you grieve your baby. Check out these great reminders.
1. Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)
I won’t lie. The road of grief is long, but God is with you wherever you go . . . even down the dark road of grief. He will help you be strong and courageous.
2. Psalm 23:4
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
This verse is often used in times of loss. We don’t need to fear walking this dark path because God is our comfort.
3. Psalm 34:18
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
The LORD is near. Isn’t that a comfort? I know you’re broken-hearted and even crushed, but He is near. He won’t leave you.
4. Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
A good friend shared Isaiah 43:2 with me after the loss of my girls. Notice that it says “when” not “if.” We WILL face difficulty, but God is with us every step of the way. All these verses are great reminders of that.
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5. Psalm 56:8
“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
This verse reminds me of the song “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns. It says something like, “Every tear I cried, You hold in Your hand.” This song is a part of my grieving process and it brings me back every time I hear it. However, it reminds me of the truth of God counting my tears.
6. Psalm 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Whether you are dealing with the unexpected death of your child or it was something you knew could happen, God truly is the God of all comfort. He is with you in your pain and binds up your wounds.
7. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any afflictions, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”
God pays attention, and He sees when you cry. He heals your wounds. God has given us many Bible verses to comfort the grieving, and now we see how He knows our grief because He lost His Son, too.
8. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”
In God we have hope, and He has given us these Bible verses of hope to remind us of that as we deal with our grief. As followers of Christ, we will see someday see our babies again in heaven. The hope of heaven is so comforting!
9. Psalm 18:28
“For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.”
God brings light to our darkness. As I mentioned, grief is a long, dark road, but these Bible verses will comfort you in the loss of your child. With His light, we can take the next step ahead . . . and the next . . . and the next.
10. Psalm 73:26
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Thank the Lord that He is our strength when our heart fails! You will need to lean on His strength in the days ahead.
11. Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The grief process is incredibly long with many ups and downs. I don’t understand how people deal with loss apart from Christ. On our own we fail, but with Christ we have strength as we navigate the grief process.
12. Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
This condolence Scripture is good for many tough times in life, but even in our loss, Jesus will give us rest in our souls. However, we have to come to Him. If you don’t come, He can’t help carry your burden.
13. Job 1:21b
“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
In loss, it’s common to wonder why this happened. I know I questioned this. However, this verse from Job reminds us that the Lord is blessed in times of abundance or adversity. You know, God never gave Job a reason for his losses, but Job trusted God anyway.
14. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
It may not seem like it, but God is trustworthy. We can trust God even in difficult times. We can praise that He is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-loving. God sees the big picture, even though we can’t see past our tears.
“God sees the big picture, even though we can’t see past our tears.“
15. Isaiah 55: 8-11
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ‘For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
This verse kind of goes along with the above verses about trusting God. We can’t see or know His ways. Our thoughts can’t comprehend what’s going on, but God does have a plan. What He is doing will succeed.
16. Romans 8:18
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
While our suffering is tremendous as we grieve the loss of a child or baby, and it’s even okay if we don’t understand it. We can trust that the glory of God will be revealed in time.
17. Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
You may not see it, but God is doing good through your loss. You may never see it, but sometimes you may catch glimpses. For example, I am so much more sympathetic toward those who have lost a loved one. I can bring empathy as well since I’ve been there. I can encourage them of how God helped me through it.
18. Jeremiah 31:13
“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”
In the early stages of grief, it may seem like we will never be joyful again, but that is not the case. We will be comforted in our loss as the Bible reminds us. We will have joy again, especially when we remember the Source of our joy.
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19. Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
They “shall” be comforted. It will happen, even if it doesn’t seem possible right now.
20. Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Cry out to God in your grief. Bring your emotions and questions before Him. Lay it all at the feet of Jesus and know that He cares. Know that God hears our prayers. Letting it go will allow you to be filled with a peace that only God can give in the midst of pain and sorrow as we mourn our loss.
21. 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
The loss of child is a huge anxiety or “care,” but we can cast it on the Lord. Cast it on Him and don’t keep taking it back. You cannot bear this grief alone. God cares for you and wants to carry this with you.
Condolence Bible Verses
Even though we are grieving the loss of a loved one, as Christians we have comfort and hope in the promises of God given to us in the Bible. These condolence Bible verses for grieving the loss of a child or baby remind us of truth in the midst of our pain. We can still trust that God is with us in our grief. He wants to give us strength as we lay out our grief before Him. He will care for us. We do not have to walk this journey alone.
If you are here, I’m so very sorry about you or a loved one’s loss. Please feel free to share below. What has helped you find hope? What Bible verse of comfort has touched you? Make sure you download your free verse cards above. May you trust in God and lean on Him through this.
Be sure to read through some of my other resources for dealing with the loss of a child:
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I lost my daughter Clare at birth on 17th January 2023. It was one of the darkest day of my life. I am still going through my recovery process and dealing with grief. The word of God has been my consolation but it hasn’t been easy.
I am so very sorry! That was so recent! You will certainly have up and down days, but hold tightly to God. Praying for peace, comfort, and healing for you, Monica.
I absolutely love this! I lost my son August 19,2021 from Covid. I have been looking for scriptures for comfort .
I’m so very sorry about the loss of your son. I’m glad that these verses could bring you strength and comfort as you mourn his loss but celebrate his life.