9 Uplifting Catholic Prayers for Grief and Loss

There is no feeling of loss greater than the passing of a loved one. Finding God’s comfort in the absence of their presence can help to alleviate some grief. Seeking reassurance in God’s word and His promises can do a lot to reaffirm one’s strength. These uplifting Catholic prayers for grief and loss serve as just some examples of the types of prayers you can recite for peace.

Psalm 9:9
Holy God, Your word says that You are a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Lord, I call upon You to be my stronghold in my time of grief! I feel oppressed by the pain and the sorrow that I feel, but in You, I know that I can find peace for Your word tells me so. Awesome Father, please have Your divine way within my mind so that I can find comfort in this difficult time, Amen.

Psalm 18:2
Blessed God, You are my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my Lord You are my rock, in whom I take refuge. You are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold! Father, I pray that I put my trust in You, even in my mourning, even after experiencing such a great loss, I pray that I lean on You because I know that I cannot get through this alone. I know that in my own strength I am weak, Amen.

Psalm 22:24
Wonderful Counsellor, You have not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one. You have not hidden Your face from me, but You have shown me that You are right here beside me in my anguish. Thank You for hearing me, for hearing my pain even when I could not form the words to say. I know that You understand every tear, every cry, every whisper, and every sigh. God of Wisdom and Understanding, I praise You, Amen.

Psalm 23:1
Good Shepherd, I know that with You I lack nothing because Your word says so. I have suffered immense loss recently, but even so, Your word declares that with You I lack nothing. I am currently living in the harsh reality of grief right now, but I pray that I get to the place where I feel like I again lack nothing. I pray that I get to a place where I am healed from the pain and the grief and instead, I am filled with peace, Amen.

Psalm 23
Awesome Shepherd, I know that with You, I shall not be in want because just like You lead the sheep to the green pastures and still waters, with me You will also lead me to a place of peace. Grief is a horrible thing to deal with, but I know that You will restore my soul, I know that I do not need to fear because Your rod and staff comfort me. I know that my cup overflows, surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Your house forever, Amen.

Psalm 27:4-5
Heavenly Father, I look to You! One thing I ask of You is that I will dwell in Your house all the days of my life so that I may gaze upon Your beauty and seek You in Your temple. Lord, in the day of trouble You will keep me safe in Your dwelling; You will hide me in the shelter of Your tabernacle. Oh Lord, help me find my way to Your dwelling because the grief is overwhelming, Amen.

Psalm 30:5
God of Truth, honestly, I cry through the night and embrace mourning in the day. But Your word declares that weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning! I pray for this shift in my life, I pray for divine peace within my heart so that I can rejoice in the morning, even though I have lost, and I have grieved. I believe in Your word, and I know that even though it doesn’t feel like it, I can achieve healing from this pain, Amen.

Psalm 34:18
Draw me closer to You Lord and never let me go! I know that You are close to the broken-hearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. With the loss that I have endured and the grief that I am in, I know that I am both broken-hearted and crushed. I pray that I feel Your presence even more in this season so that I know that I am not alone and that I do not need to remain in this state of sorrow, Amen.

Proverbs 14:32
Awesome God, even when calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death, the righteous have a refuge! I thank You for this word that gives me comfort in knowing that although I have lost one that I love, they have gained by entering Your heavenly kingdom. They have found a better place and are resting eternally in You, so I thank You. I pray that this word resonates within me so that I can move on from my grief, Amen.

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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.