Val Walker


Val Walker, MS, is the author of The Art of Comforting:  What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010), and a Nautilus Book Award Gold Medalist. The Art of Comforting was also recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission’s Guide for Survivors of the Marathon Bombing. Val’s articles have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Whole Living Magazine, AARP Bulletin, Coping with Cancer Magazine, and others. Formerly a rehabilitation counselor, she now works as an activities specialist for seniors with Alzheimer’s, and teaches classes for healthcare providers about the art of comforting in Massachusetts and Maine. You can learn more about Val Walker and her writings at her website The Art of Comforting.

The Gift of Comforting:  Stories of Giving and Receiving Comfort

Val Walker is offering a series of “comfort stories” to hearten our confidence as comforters as well as to celebrate the comfort we receive. She’s interviewing people about their experiences of giving and receiving comfort, and welcomes your stories about comforting to be shared in her series.

Articles on Grief and Comforting:

What I Learned From Alice: The Myths of the Five Stages of Grief

The Gift of Comforting

Walden Pond Forever, A Conversation with Barbara Olson

Conversation with Elders

When we Can’t Get Over It

Ten Sparks: An Uplifting Journaling Exercise