The Catholic prayer in time of bereavement and the bereavement novena prayer are examples of good prayers for bereavement, while Psalm 34:18, Psalm 30:5, John 16:33 and Matthew 5:4 are examples of verses for bereavement. Believers say these prayers and recite these verses to seek strength and comfort during times of grief.
The prayer in time of bereavement asks Jesus, who wept after the death of his friend Lazarus and who taught believers through the beatitudes that those who mourn shall be comforted, to give mourners comfort in times of loss. The prayer asks Jesus to send the Holy Spirit to the mourners to direct them so they do not make hasty decisions in their grief, to give them courage so they are not afraid of living their life, and to give them peace so that they do not feel false guilt, regret or bitterness.
The bereavement novena prayer asks God to help believers bear the pain of loss and to renew their faith in life after death. Each day, the believer meditates on various biblical verses and recites Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Psalm 34:18 reminds believers that God is close to the broken-hearted, while the last part of Psalm 30:5 reassures believers that their sorrows last for a short time and that joy comes in the morning.