31 Best Bible Verses for Funeral Services

A funeral is a time to honor those that have passed on and undergo the process of burial or cremation. During these events, a procession of mourners attend the burial where a sermon is typically delivered. At this time, for those bereaved, finding the right words to share during a funeral service can help provide some comfort. Here is a look at the best Bible verses for funeral services.

“A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.” | Ecclesiastes 7:1

“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. ” | Romans 12:15

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted… “ (Jesus’ words)” | Matthew 5:4

“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 affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ” | 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ” | 2 Corinthians 12:9

“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 … For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”” | Isaiah 41:10-13

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted ” | Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God” | Job 19:25-25

“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.” | Romans 14:7-8

“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.” | 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” | 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. ” | Psalm 48:14

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. ” | Philippians 1:21-23

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” | 2 Corinthians 5:1

“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” | 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. ” | Psalm 46:1

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I ” | Psalms 61:1-2

“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come. You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.” | Job 14:14-15

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (Jesus’ words)” | John 14:1-4 

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” | Psalm 116:15

“So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” | Romans 14:9

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” | Psalm 34:18

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” | 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ” | Matthew 11:28

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” | I Thessalonians 4:17

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” | Psalms 119:50

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” | Romans 8:31 

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. ” | Psalm 94:19

“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” | Second Corinthians 5:8-9

“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. ” | Psalm 119:50

Pslams is often spoken and sung at a funeral. The below video features some of the best Psalm words and verses for dealing with death to support those that are bereaved.

Author Bio
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.