Grief Journal

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Writing To Heal

Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences. There is no manual on when, where, and how grief will appear. No matter where you are on your journey with grief, writing can be a good way to process your feelings and move forward. Writing can help us capture and understand our feelings after the loss of someone close to us.

Journaling isn’t just “writing stuff on paper”; it’s expanding your relationship with yourself. Try writing in a systematic fashion to maximize the benefits received from journaling. Begin by creating a reflective space that is free from distractions. Try writing at least once a day, and build up to 3-4 times per day. Write quickly without worrying about spelling or grammar. Finally, keep your journal private as it will make you less likely to censor yourself.

4 Benefits Of Journaling

  • Reduces symptoms of depression before or after a stressful event
  • Enhances a sense of well-being and mental health
  • Boosts positive emotions and mood
  • Provides insight into thoughts and emotions

There are no wrong ideas on what to write about; however, here are some questions you might find helpful as you begin.

10 Ideas to Get You Started

  1. What was the most meaningful aspect of the services you attended?
  2. How has your lost loved one inspired you?
  3. What is your happiest memory of your loved one?
  4. What is the greatest lesson that your loved one has taught you?
  5. What would you say to your loved one if they were still here?
  6. What brings you the most joy in life?
  7. What is something that makes you feel peaceful?
  8. What are your current life priorities?
  9. Is there anyone that you want to reach out to?
  10. Is there anything you have resolved to do better or differently?

Navigating through grief is difficult. Journaling is a tool that may make this journey a little easier, returning us to a balanced and more peaceful state of mind.