Short Catholic reflections on grief

Sometimes in the midst of grief, you can’t read a book or even a whole blog post. If you want to turn to your faith for a small, digestible reflection, this infographic gives you some brief thoughts to choose from.



Loss of a Child

Catholicism and Grief

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
– Revelations 21:4

“The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”
– Psalm 34:18

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
– Matthew 5:4

“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:5

We mourn in hope.

“Your tears were collected by the angels and were placed in a gold chalice, and you will find them when you present yourself before God.”
– St. Padre Pio

“The Church prays for the dead and this prayer says much about the reality of the Church itself. It says that the Church continues to live in the hope of the eternal life.”
– St. John Paul II

“When I had to close the eyes of my dear children and bury them, I felt deep sorrow, but I was always resigned to it….Besides, they are not lost to me forever; life is short and filled with crosses, and we shall find them again in Heaven.”
– St. Zelie Martin

“Did not Jesus Himself weep for Lazarus, whom He loved?… your tears are pious and holy….It is not that you have doubts of the resurrection, but that your love has its regrets and its desires.”  
– St. Paulinus

Pray for us:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, patron of grieving the death of a child
Sts. Catherine of Siena and Catherine of Sweden, patrons of those experiencing miscarriage
St. Gerard Majella and St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patrons of mothers
St. Joseph, patron of fathers
St. Rita of Cascia, patron of parents
Our Lady of Sorrows

Pray for our child:
Sts. Gerard Majella and Gianna Beretta Molla, patrons of unborn children
St. Nicholas, patron of children
St. Philomena, patron of sick children
St. Collette, patron of stillborn children
St. Joseph, patron of the dying
The Holy Innocents
Our Lady of Guadaloupe

Compiled by Abby Jorgensen, the Sociologist Doula

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