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Words of Comfort for Times of Loss
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Release Date: January 2010
Page Count: 64
Size: 6 x 6
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2429-0
Case Lot Quantity: 68

Words of Comfort for Times of Loss

Help and Hope When You’re Grieving

Through great personal loss, authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison have gained insight to share with others who are going through uncertainty, depression, and loneliness after losing a loved one. They also offer advice for those comforting someone who is grieving.

Among comforting paintings by artist Michal Sparks, brief stories, personal experiences, and prayers offer a meaningful path toward healing for readers when they:

  • feel alone and lost in their grief and want to reconnect with others and to life
  • seek to make sense of their loss alongside their sense of faith, purpose, and God
  • want to honor their loved one without clinging to the past in unhealthy ways

Readers are given gentle permission to grapple with doubt, seek peace, and reflect on their loss in their own way without judgment and with understanding and hope. A perfect gift for a loved one dealing with loss.

Meet the authors

Michal Sparks

Michal Sparks

Michal Sparks’ artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for 52 DIY Crafts for Girls, Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby, and the DIY Home Planner. Connect with Michal at    

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Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort...

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Liz Allison

Liz Allison

Liz Allison was married to NASCAR driver Davey Allison until his tragic death in 1993. Widowed at 28 with two young children to raise, Liz faced the long journey of pain, loss, and grief with great faith. Committed to encouraging others, she returned to her work in TV reporting, has published eight books, and hosts a weekly...

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Editorial Reviews

“This lovely gift book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss by Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison, is one of the best investments you'll ever make. Buy one for yourself, but also buy a couple of extras to keep on hand for a future time when someone you know experiences a loss and needs a little comfort.”

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“Beautiful, honest, real words of great compassion and true comfort. Cec Murphey and Liz Allison have gathered the words hurting people long to hear and those who love them wish they knew to say. As practical as it is lovely, Murphey and Allison share from their own experiences of loss to offer not only comfort, but concrete points for help, hope and healing. Powerful!”
—Rhonda Rhea, author and radio host

“Everyone experiences death of a loved one at some point. Words of Comfort for Times of Loss is a beautiful book that serves two unique purposes. Liz Allison and Cecil Murphey write from their hearts (and their experiences) and help us know how to respond when someone is grieving. Their stories are practical and useful, yet touch our hearts and comfort our souls. The illustrations by Michal Sparks and actually, the entire packaging of the book, makes a perfect gift to pass along when your own words just don't seem adequate. Thanks for a great resource.”
—Tracy Ruckman, author and photographer

I just finished reading Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and I feel the personal stories, advice, and prayers from authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison will bring great comfort to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition, the lovely watercolor paintings by Michal Sparks enhance the poignant words perfectly, making this a beautiful gift.”
—Anita Higman, award-winning author of 24 books

"Words of Comfort for Times of Loss is the kind of book that, at some point, we’ll all need. I read it in one sitting and drew hearts in so many places. Cec Murphey and Liz Allison share simple yet profound truths that bring hope when everything seems hopeless. It’s the kind of book that almost whispers, You’re not crazy. You won’t always feel this way. No, grieving isn’t an easy process, but with the comfort this book brings, we understand we’re not alone. My favorite sentence is just two words—two beautiful words. ‘Little joys.’ Little joys begin to usher healing. There’s no hurry. No race to win. With grieving, it’s best to take your time.”
—Julie Garmon, writer and speaker

“Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison know first-hand the gut-wrenching pain of loss of family members. Their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, offers encouragement and support to those of us who have lost loved ones. I lost two aunts, my mother, and my only child within weeks of each other. This book spoke to my deepest pain.

“Murphey and Allison validate the emotional roller coaster we ride on the journey of grief and mourning. The beautiful illustrations of Michal Sparks add to the peace and comfort this book provides. I highly recommend it and will use it as a gift for those who suffer loss. This book belongs on the shelves of those involved in Christian counseling, in church libraries, in Christian grief support groups, and in ministries such as the Stephen Ministry. I hope those who lose a loved one will read this book as soon as possible.”
—Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC, author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer

“What a beautiful little gem of a book! My own father just died, so when I opened the package and saw the title of the book, I knew that it was a gift from God, picked out especially for me. Its profound wisdom and lovely illustrations reached even my trained grief counselor's heart. I will recommend it to others, and buy it to give as well.”
—Deborah Dunn, LMFT, author, speaker, & therapist

“Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison combine their personal experiences to cultivate a solid resource in their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss. Written from the depths of their hearts, this beautifully illustrated book shares how Murphey and Allison found practical ways to cope with their pain.

“When you’re not sure what to offer someone dealing with painful loss, this book makes a wonderful gift.”
—Cindy Scinto, author, A Heart Like Mine and Finding God's Will for Your Life

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