These words of comfort range from inspirational quotations to practical tips for healing and moving forward. If your heart is broken, they’ll help you heal and move on.
In A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss, Jerry L. Sittser shares how a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter.
While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will be faced with tragedy that makes us search for words of comfort in times of loss and grief. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In experiencing what feels like the end of our lives and our selves, we can come to the beginning of a new life―one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
I gathered these tips and comforting words at the request of a reader: “We were together for over 4 years,” writes M. on Surviving a Breakup – 10 Tips for When Your Relationship Ends. “I really thought we’d get married soon. Instead, he told me that he doesn’t feel love for me anymore, and that he wants to date other people. How can I get past this? I’d appreciate any words of encouragement that anyone could offer.”
One of my favorite ways to comfort myself when I’m sad, heartbroken, or depressed is to watch comforting movies. I love “About a Boy” with Hugh Grant because it’s so real. There’s a lot of pain, and a lot of love, connection, and hope in that movie — just like life.
Words of Comfort When Your Heart is Broken
Different types of comfort help different people. I love the spiritual words below because I believe in a God who looks out for me, loves me, and wants the best for me. Other people might find music more comforting (such as the best songs for broken hearts), or their pets, or painting a picture, or even food.
The best way to find encouragement is to try different things until you find what works for you…
Spiritual Words of Comfort
God never promised that life would be easy, or that life would be free from pain, but He has promised that He will always be there when you need Him. He longs to cradle your brow…He wants you to tell Him just how you feel. It does not matter how bad you might have been, or for how long you might have ignored Him. Right now, speak to your heavenly Father, tell Him how much it hurts, unburden your sad heart to Him, and you will surely feel His love filling the aching void that has been left in your life.
Words of Faith and Comfort
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can bring your pain to Him. He knows what you’re going through, and His are the only words of comfort that will truly heal and help you.
- Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. – Eileen Mayhew.
- God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces. – Unknown.
- God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. – John Aughey.
My prayer is that you open your heart to God, and let His love and peace fill your soul. May you find comfort in His word, whether He speaks through Scripture, other people, words of comfort on the internet, or the still, small voice you’ve heard in your head in the past.
If someone you love is dealing with cancer, read What to Say and How to Help Someone With Cancer
Comforting Quotations When Your Heart is Broken
“When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal.” ~ Author Unknown.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell.
“It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. it is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.” ~ Jay Marshall.
“One tear met another tear floating down the river. Said the first tear, ‘I’m the tear of the woman who lost her lover.’ The second tear said, ‘I’m the tear of the woman who found him.’” ~ Anonymous.
“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” ~ Jan Glidewell.
Learning how to make yourself feel better (self-care) is the best way to comfort yourself.
Comfort Food for a Broken Heart
Let’s deviate from words of comfort for a moment, and savor how nourishing comfort food can be when your heart is broken…
“[When my dog died], a good friend came over with some cheap but delicious Mexican food from La Fresita. She brought a Cuban sandwich and a green chili burrito….the Cuban sandwich was stuffed with thinly sliced pork, onions, tomatoes, grated lettuce, and some secret sauce. And the green chili burrito was also stuffed with a more meatier pork and spicy chili verde. I ate ravenously.
We washed it all down with about two-thirds of a bottle of Charles Shaw (or three-buck Chuck) zinfandel. With a full stomach and slight buzz, I felt whole again. My dear sweet Painter boy who always savored every bite would have totally approved of my comfort food fest. Feeding the hungry heart was just what I needed.” ~ Comfort Food for a Broken Heart by Karyn Zoldan.
“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.” – unknown.
One last word of comfort when your heart is broken…
Sometimes what seems like the worst thing ever – the most heartbreaking loss you’ve experienced – can be the best thing for you, even if you can’t see it.
For instance, my husband and I can’t have kids. We’re coping with infertility. What comforts me is the thought that maybe our lives are better without kids. As much as I’d love to have a baby, I’m also accepting and embracing the idea of life without children.
If you’re struggling to let go of the past, you may find How to Let Go of Someone You Love helpful.
My prayer is that you find the words of comfort that can heal your soul and help you move forward in your life. I pray you turn to God, and let Jesus carry you through the fire and the rain.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault.