Recently, a friend of mine died after living a long, beautiful life, serving God and loving her family. She was a lovely, kindhearted woman who was a great listener. She will be missed. Though she is with her Savior, those left behind grieve.
Grief is such a hard and personal space to be in. It will look different for everyone. I am very careful not to toss out Bible verses (or platitudes, and especially not “it’s for the best”) like band-aids at people who have had a loss. I offer these verses as an encouragement to my own heart right now, and maybe they will help you at some point in your life.
He comforts us:
Matthew 5:4 NIV ”Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
He is with you:
Psalm 145:18-19 ESV “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.”
Ultimately, this world is not our home:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NASB “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”