Bereavement Social Witness Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period – everyone must learn to cope in their own way. Pray for those known to us who are bereaved and coping with grief. Pray for those mourning a loved one, that God will hold them close to Him and they will feel His loving arm around them. Pray for those at various stages of grief – shock, disbelief, confusion, depression, anger and acceptance. Give thanks for the support of loving friends and family and the comfort of God’s presence.