At a memorial service the other day for a man-boy who left us too young, the pastor encouraged mourners to express their grief.
“It may sound counter-intuitive,” he said, “but expressing grief is a important part of healing.”
I know, I know, we’re afraid that if we let that pain out it might consume us. But actually, the opposite is true. It’s only by letting it out that we one day let go of the constant pain.
Now look, I’m not going to tell you that grief goes away, because it doesn’t. I can only assure you that its jagged edges transform into something softer with time and expression.
Here’s what this guided journal is: A chance for easy expression of your thoughts and feelings. A collection of prompts–questions the reader is asked to respond to, topics, even some meditations and helpful activities. Even those who don’t like to write can draw or paste mementoes or photos or even magazine photos in response to the prompts. Some people choose to make a little collage on some of the pages. Do whatever helps you let those feelings out.
The Guided Journal Through Grief is safe place to express how you feel. Say the things you might not have had a chance to say to your loved one when they were alive. Or the things about your grief you don’t want to say out loud.
And when you’re done, you’ve got a beautiful keepsake of your feelings for your loved one. You can keep it on a shelf and refer to it any time you’d like to remember your loved one in that special way. Do anything you want with it–it’s your journal and your safe place for feelings. It’s also got some ideas for little ways you can memorialize your loved one.
One of the nice things about writing with pen or pencil is that it slows down your thinking. You’ve got time to really consider how you feel and in the process, without you even noticing, healing has begun. Along with a pretty pen, the journal makes a thoughtful gift for a close friend or relative.
Find the guided journal and all of my products and services to help with grief right HERE at A Healing Spirit.