How to easily get started with a grief journal.

Grief Journal: How To Get Started

Grief & loss are unfortunately a common part of life. Whether it’s grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or even the loss, of an old neighborhood, it’s bound to happen.

What changes is how you cope with the grief.

Deciding to start a grief journal is a great way to help you cope with the grief you’re experiencing.

But the real question is, how do you actually use these journals?

Before starting keep in mind:

  • Grief journaling is personal to you
  • There’s no right or wrong way
  • You don’t have to be a famous writer to start a journal
  • You don’t have to buy an expensive/specific  journal to do it.
  • Consider if you like to write it out or use a more visual way.

After taking those factors into account it’s time to get started in 4 steps.

Step 1: Choose A Grief Journal

There are tons out there.

Don’t stress yourself trying to find the perfect one. Some have prompts & lines to cater to those who love to write.

While others leave blank space for drawings & collages for those who are more visual.

You can even choose not to follow any journal prompts & just write an open letter to your loved one.

You can read a more in-depth post on how to choose the right grief journal for you here. How to use a grief journal in 4 simple steps.

Step 2: Sit Down

Take the time to sit down & actually start the journal. I suggest using at least 15 minutes a day to journal.

This may be hard for those who don’t like to write. That’s okay. You can answer the questions on the prompts or just start to doodle & see where it takes you.

Either way grab a pen & just start. Don’t stop, don’t cross anything out, & don’t worry about mistakes. Just write.

It’s astounding the way the mind opens up when you just sit & do.

Step 3: Walk Away

After journaling for a bit. Walk away & either rest or resume your normal routine.

You don’t want to keep dwelling. Give your mind time to process what it just exposed.

How to use a grief journal to cope with grief & loss.

Step 4: Reflect

Look back on your latest entry. Ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you see any new insights?
  • Is there something in there that’s making you feel something? Anger? Fear? What is it? How can you solve it?
  • How do you feel now that you’ve written?

Sometimes you may not feel as though you’re making progress but you can look at your journal & reflect on it. You will see that there is progress being made step by step.

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