We as a society in general struggle with the topic of grief. People are fearful. Those who are grieving are afraid they will drive others away with their own grief, and those who want to be supportive are afraid they will say the wrong thing to those who are grieving. But telling your story is important.
Unfortunately this struggle can make it difficult to find ways to talk about your deceased loved one. It can even leave you feeling alone or unheard.
You want to talk about your person. You want people to know your experience. I can’t promise that, but what I can do is give you a chance to remember your loved one.
Going to my journal has been a lifesaver for me. Can you pull out a journal or paper and answer the following questions?
- Choose 5 words to describe him/her
- What do you miss most about your loved one?
- What’s one hope you had had for your future that you are mourning?
- Describe a treasured memory with your loved one
With this in hand would you like an idea on how to reach out to a trusted friend? Want more ways to integrate journaling into your with loss? Here is a link to a free 3 day challenge with prompts that examine Honoring the Past, Living in the Moment, and Embracing the Future. In it I brought together journaling and tools that have worked for me and countless others.