Words of Comfort

“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but the power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."

Washington Irvin

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“Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.”

Samuel Johnson

“When you are sorrowful look again into your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.”

Patti Smith

“But in all of the sadness, when you’re feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking, you’ve got to remember that grief isn’t the absence of love. Grief is the proof that love is still there.”

Tessa Shaffter

“You see, love and grief are two sides of the same precious coin. One does not—and cannot—exist without the other. They are the yin and yang of our lives… Grief is predicated on our capacity to give and receive love. Some people choose not to love and so never grieve. If we allow ourselves the grace that comes with love, however, we must allow ourselves the grace that is required to mourn.”

Alan D. Wolfelt

“Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.”

Terri Irwin

“No one ever told me grief felt so like fear.”

C.S Lewis

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

Queen Elizabeth II

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”


“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”


Share Your Story

Throughout our lives, too many of us, have been taught that grieving openly or reaching out for help are signs of weakness. Quite the contrary, taking steps to face your loss, work through your grief and reclaim your wellbeing is incredibly brave. In fact, your story could be a tremendous inspiration to others as they embark on their own path.

If you would like to share a story about your personal healing journey with Good Grief! Grief Counselling Toronto, we would love to hear from you.


  • Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices to Help Yourself Survive… and Thrive by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
  • Healing A Friends Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Helping Someone You Love Through Loss by Alan D Wolfelt, Ph.D.
  • Aaron’s Energy: An Unexpected Journey through Grief and the Afterlife with my Brilliant Son by Camille Dan
  • Vodka Soup for the Widowed Soul by Michelle Miller
  • Widowed: Rants, Raves and Randoms by John Polo
  • Living with Loss One Day at a Time by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
  • Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love and Uncharted Tragedy by Dr. Nancy Saltzman
  • A 2 Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention by Susan Hannifin-MacNab, MSW
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didiov

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Are there special quotes or books that have given you comfort during your healing journey? We encourage you to share your favourite sayings with Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services.

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