Words of Comfort When Your Heart is Broken

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.

comforting wordsIn 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.

words of comfortHe 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…

words of comfort for broken hearts

Words of Comfort 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 Survive the Grieving Process 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.

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19 Responses

  1. jj says:

    i feel in love with a girl 7 years ago after 3 years of dating she travelled pregnant for me, getting there she aborted the baby and stopped calling for the past 4 years, Now shes back with another man’s baby begging me for forgiveness. What should I do?

  2. Laurie says:

    If you’re searching for words of comfort because your heart is broken after a relationship breakup, read:

    Help Getting Over a Breakup

    I wrote it to help you change how your think about the breakup, which can empower and strengthen you.

  3. Alisha says:

    I’m so broken tonight, I need these words of comfort. My boyfriend is a liar, and I can’t trust him.

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Accepting what life brings us seems so simple, but it’s really difficult. I’m glad these words of comfort were helpful, and hope you find peace, healing, and joy in your life.

  5. melvin says:

    thanks for the words,they are truly comforting, and I have learned that you have to accept in life

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    My “words of comfort when your heart is broken” do not seem adequate for what you’re experiencing.

    I am sorry for your loss, and for the pain you’re experiencing. May you find hope and encouragement in surprising places, and may you see you’re not alone. I pray you feel the warmth of God’s love, and allow His peace to fill you. May you move forward in joy and surrender.


  7. Lerato Clodia says:

    Thank you for these words of comfort, my heart is broken. I was in love with someone and I was truly loving him but he didn’t tell me that he have a wife. we did lot of things but he now telling me that he is married. I’m heart broken because I didn’t know from the beginning.

  8. Veronica says:

    I was onced hurt by my husband he cheated me.. He broke my heart and left me and he chose the girl but now I moved on. I am very happy being with my children I believed that god is the key to make your life more colorful.. Pray and let god do the rest for you

  9. Jenny Baddeley says:

    Please don’t think I’m strange but my beautiful cat Bob was ran over x killed in the early hours of Tuesday I miss him so much I know it’s only been two days but my heart is broken

  10. Laurie says:

    I’m sorry for what you’re going through. I know these words of comfort won’t heal your broken heart, but I hope they help you see that you WILL survive this! You can move on and be happy again…you just need to give yourself time to grieve. Find ways to heal and comfort yourself.

  11. abimbila says:

    I dated a guy for 6 months. Everything was perfect until he was away for a month and then he started acting up. Only to tell me he was confused about the relationship and didn’t have feelings for me. This is someone that professed his undying love for me. It felt so real as we had started planning our future today. He says he has to see me first to get his head straight but I don’t think that is how love works….I have been living in tears for the past 3 days now and I regret loving him

  12. maria says:

    I am married but caught my husband cheating he broke my heart so I break it off.

  13. Kelly W says:

    I’m so very heart broken…I let my emotions get the best of me & made an irrational decision…I asked the love of my life to leave our home…we had been having issues in our relationship, I regret that we couldn’t work things out before separating…I love him so, he is my one & only true love…I hope & pray that we can get past these hurdles & restore our love & relationship…I miss & love him so, I can’t get his voice out of my head, his face, his touch…I love him so, I need him to come back to me & mend my broken heart

  14. Laurie says:

    You’re more than your past failures and mistakes. You’re more than what you’ve been demonstrating up to this point in your life. Don’t let your screw ups define you. Instead, let your potential guide you toward becoming the person you want to be. – unknown, emailed to me by a friend.

  15. Laurie says:

    I’m sorry that your hearts are broken, and hope you found comfort here! Sometimes the best thing to do is write down how you feel. Expressing yourself can bring comfort – and so can knowing you’re not alone.

  16. Ann says:

    I met dis guy at a weddin reception,we started datin nd d first month of our relationship was so wonderful,i loved him so much nd he loved me too or i tot he did,until his girlfriend from God knows where showed up on his birthday nd treatened my lyf,after sum tym he asked for my forgiveness nd promised to send d girl away,i’m confused,i don’t know wat to believe,i’m torn into two.

  17. Sally says:

    I ruined the best thing that ever happened to me. I hurt the one who I love the most in my life by cheating. And he’s left me now and I regret cheating on him so much. It was only once, but that was enough to ruin everything between us. And now I’m left heatbroken with also the burden that it was all my fault that I feel this way. I shouldn’t be allowed to complain about how hurt I am because truthfully I broke my own heart by cheating. I love him dearly and can only hope that one day we may meet again and it will all be forgotten. I have truly learnt my lesson, and hate myself so much for ever betraying the one person in my life who meant the most to me.

  18. Ndi says:

    I’m fully heartbroken as the best of my relationship is over, the man i loved dearly and adored just came to me two days ago and told me that he has made his decision and he chose to be with the other woman and not me as he feels its best for me and he had made a promise to his late father that he will marry the woman so he needs to keep that promise.I feel empty, betrayed and unsure if iI’ll ever conquer the pain.

  19. john petersen says:

    i am married and fell in love with another woman. Me and the woman broke it off and i won’t go back but right now my heart is broken.

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