The Bible is a great source of comfort and understanding when you have recently experience a loss. A verse from the Book Of Psalms can be a fantastic edition to a eulogy or within an obituary. It is also fitting for a headstone, especially the shorter ones.
Below you will find an extensive list of Psalm verses for all your needs when you have recently had a death in your family or social group. If you would like access to
a Free PDF with over 200 other Bible verses, please feel free to download it here. Psalm Verses For Headstones
Here is a list of psalms that would be best for a headstone. This is mainly because they are shorter than some other verses and you will be charged by the letter to
engrave a headstone.
These Psalms are between 48 and 80 characters long. To find out how much that may cost, please refer to my full article on
headstone engraving here. Psalm Verse 1
My God turns my darkness into light.
Psalm Verse 2
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
Psalm Verse 3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm Verse 4
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him
Psalm Verse 5
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Psalm Verse 6
You are my protection, my place of safety in times of trouble.
Psalm Verse 7
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
Psalm Verse 8
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning
Psalm Verse 9
The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.
Psalm Verse 10
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit
Psalm Verse 11
That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
Psalm Verse 12
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm Verse 13
But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Psalm Verse 14
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm Verse 15
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
Psalm Verse 16
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
If you would like to end an obituary with a
Bible verse, then these Psalms are just short enough to end a life’s tribute with a profound thought. You can find even more bible verses for obituaries in my free PDF download here. Psalm Verse 17
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
Psalm Verse 18
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
Psalm Verse 19
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Psalm Verse 20
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalm Verse 21
O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!
Psalm Verse 22
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
Psalm Verse 23
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalm Verse 24
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
Psalm Verse 25
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
Psalm Verse 26
Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
Psalm Verse 27
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I
Psalm Verse 28
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm Verse 29
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
If you are the one giving the
eulogy or you have been asked to say a few words, the following psalms would be a wonderful edition to a speech. I have chosen them because they are slightly longer verses and will give the congregation food for thought as they remember the recently departed.
Psalm Verse 30
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm Verse 31
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalm Verse 32
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm Verse 33
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Psalm Verse 34
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
Psalm Verse 35
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psalm Verse 36
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalm Verse 37
So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom; he shattered their chains.
Psalm Verse 38
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
Psalm Verse 39
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Psalm Verse 40
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Thank you for reading my selection of Psalms for life and death. If you would like to read more quotes that could be used to make a fitting tribute to a departed loved one, please read my posts about
the final last words of famous people throughout history, and other short quotes about life and death here.
Don’t forget, you can still download
a free PDF with over 500 Bible verses which will bring you comfort and reflection during this regrettable period in your life. Also, please feel free to read through my other curated lists of quotes in the following articles: