Welcome to Ellie’s Way!

Our mission is to organize, maximize and deliver assistance to people affected by tragedy. It’s likely that you found our website because you are grieving or know someone who is. We hope that you find comfort and encouragement here. Feel free to look around and please consider joining our online support group. Thanks for stopping by.

Thoughts on Grief

Click here to read encouraging thoughts with supporting Bible verses and quotes. Many topics covering all aspects of grief such as forgiveness, fear, and hope.

Grief Poems

Words have power and can convey deep meaning. Let your heart be touched by others who have been on the journey of grief. Read our collection of grief poems here.

Ellie’s Way Facebook Support Group

You don’t have to do grief alone! Join over 15,700 grieving people in our Facebook closed group for support right now. Let’s do this together. Click here.


We’ve created and compiled some amazing resources at Ellie’s Way! Click here for E-books, blogs, websites, and other resources to help with grief.



Ellie’s Story

Ellie was our precious six year old daughter who was killed in a tragic accident. Ellie loved God and loved people. Her ability to live in each moment and encourage others is the inspiration behind Ellie’s Way. We thank God for the gift of Ellie!
Ellie Ruth Nigro: 02/15/05 – 01/20/12

Recent Blog Posts

Comparisons and Compassion

Here are a few things that I’ve learned through almost seven years after the loss of Ellie, and six years...

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My Grief in a Bag

I was at a grief support meeting with about sixty parents that lost their child in so many different ways. ...

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Ellie’s Way Christmas Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! Here are the winners.  We will be sending an e-mail with furthe...

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Ellie’s Way Getaway 2019

We are having our first Ellie's Way Getaway in May 2019 in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.  hope that many in our grou...

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Ellie’s Way Facebook Support Group

“When I was in the pit of my despair, several people reached out to me and let me know that I was not alone. I needed to know that others had survived this. I wasn’t sure I could. I wasn’t sure my family could. A kind gentleman called me and told me his story of losing his dear son in a tragic accident several years before. He listened to me and sat in my pain with me. He gave me the gift of hope that we could survive. He was a gift that I needed at the moment that he called.”
– Todd Nigro

We receive many requests for connections to others with similar losses at Ellie’s Way. It’s been quite overwhelming.

So, we’ve created a closed group on Facebook where we can connect and share our stories. It’s a place where you can interact as much or little as you like.

Join our 15,000+ members for encouragement and love. There are many programs, discussions, and activities to help you on your grief journey.

Click to read the Ellie’s Way Group Annual Survey Results.

“When I lost my 18 year old son three years and nine months ago I was devastated. Ellie’s Way provided me with grief information that helped my husband and I tremendously. After the Facebook group was formed, I found an amazing group of people that know just what my grief journey is like. The love and support from strangers who have become friends helps me realize I can survive this terrible loss. This site provides spiritual comfort along with creative ideas to express my grief. It’s amazing.”
– Meg Shiffler

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Thoughts on Grief and Loss

In the months following the death of Ellie, I struggled and slowly put together many thoughts, quotes, and Bible quotes. It is my hope that you find them helpful on your journey.
– Todd Nigro

Life is a gift from God. Our children, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers are all gifts to be savored. Although some days may be full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life. Keep the positive memories alive and thank God for the blessings in your past, present, and future.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
– 2 Corinthians 9:15

God has planned a path for you. You will travel the path on your own, with God to help if you choose. Don’t compare your path with someone else. Other people’s paths may cross or run nearby, but only you can take steps on your path. Only you can choose to see the beauty around your current location and enjoy your journey. There may be amazing drops to deep valleys, but keep looking forward and take it one step at a time.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
– Psalm 23:4

Click to continue reading more thoughts and scripture…

Grief Poems

Words have power. We can find comfort and encouragement through the experience of others. We’ve compiled many poems about grief and hope that you find them helpful.

Tis a Fearful Thing
by Yehuda HaLevi (1075 – 1141)

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
to be,
And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
to love.
For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.
‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.

Click for more poems…