"Good Grief" is generally used as an exclamation of surprise, shock, or amazement. The term was frequently used in the Peanuts
comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. However, in this song the phrase is used literally to describe an euphoric sorrow.
"I guess it's kinda ironic, isn't it? 'Cause I don't know if there's anything good in the grief process," Smith told ABC Radio
regarding the title. "And ['Good Grief' is] maybe about trying to find that, as well. But, I guess the song for me is like a series of snapshots from a kind of funereal scene, and then it's sort of up to the listener to kind of impose whatever they feel on the song."