Journaling

Some people are not comfortable sharing feelings in a group or do not find talking helpful. You may find painting, sculpture, music or other creative outlet more useful. Many people find journaling to be very helpful in providing a structure for expressing feelings. You can write in a notebook or diary; weekly, daily or several times a day. The important thing is to take the grief that lies within and move it away from us, take some of the pressure off.

Here are some examples of how people journal:

  • What I wish we’d done or hadn’t done.
  • What I wish I had or hadn’t said.
  • What is most difficult for me now.
  • Feelings at the beginning and end of each day.
  • Letter to a loved one.
  • Special memory.
  • Ways in which my loved one will continue to live on in my life.
  • Special ways I have for keeping my memories of my loved one alive.
  • What I miss most about my loved one or our relationship.

You may also choose to include:

  • Drawings or other visual materials such as dreams, fantasies, symbols or diagrams that are useful in clarifying or expressing your ideas.
  • Illustrations from magazines or newspapers that capture the thought or image you are writing about.
  • Personally meaningful quotations you may have read or heard.
  • A section to help you to brainstorm

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