Grief journaling is a way to purposefully give your heart time to express the varied emotions you are feeling about your loss.
Often it seems easier to stuff the feelings in order to take care of daily responsibilities. This can especially be true several months or even years after a significant loss. The world around us doesn't wait for us to finish grieving. There are children to raise, assignments to complete at work or school (or maybe both), the house and car need repairs. There can be so many needs calling for our attention.
After a while we may appear on the outside like we're doing okay, but we still feel an emptiness or numbness inside. You wonder if you'll ever truly be happy again.
You may notice that your coping mechanisms either aren't working as well anymore to help you avoid the pain. Compulsive behaviors may be causing additional problems in your life and relationships.
Or it could be, you simply recognize the need to care for your soul during this time of sorrow.
In any case, writing may be a way for you to release some pain, fears, anger, anxiety, and sorrow that you have been carrying for a long time. Researches have demonstrated that writing about feelings can help people feel better emotionally, and even physically reduce pain and stress when practiced as a consistent habit.
Some common difficulties with journaling may include:
Challenge: Concern about flooding of emotion
1. Set a timer for 15 minutes or 30 minutes depending on what you can tolerate. Write for only that amount of time and stop.
2. Use lists in your journal. More structure will help to contain the emotion.
Challenge: Blank pages and not sure what to write
Here are some journal starters:
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