One of the hardest parts of grief is the forgetting. Forgetting the memories you shared with your loved one. Forgetting the small things that now feel like the big things. Forgetting how they would have reacted to something going on in the world. Forgetting the sound of their voice or the wrinkles in their face.
A grief journal can be so helpful and healing. Writing your thoughts helps make sense of what you're feeling in a way that talking to someone one-on-one may not provide. Grief journaling acts as an outlet to express all the emotions that come with grief–happy, sad, confused, angry, and everything in between. Everyone experiences grief in their lives at some point, but processing emotions around a loss can be difficult and overwhelming.
Helping is healing. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from creating The Grief Journal. It’s healing to help others navigate their grief. That’s what writing did for me. It helped me navigate the toughest time in my life by allowing me a space to express my feelings.
Journaling can be a powerful tool for releasing the weight of your stress and anxiety, allowing you a space to express yourself and feel your emotions. If you’re in need of a mood boost, try these simple, yet effective, writing prompts for your mental health.
The truth is, there are tons of people out there missing their fathers on Father’s Day. Some have also lost their fathers to cancer, some have absent fathers, and some are wishing they could be fathers. If you’re dreading Father’s Day, I want to share some ways to handle the day, especially during a year already overflowing with grief and anxiety.
My mission for The Grief Journal was and still is to create a resource so impactful that people who are suffering no longer feel they have no place to turn. Journaling was a place of solace for me and I believe it can help others through their emotions too. I also believe hearing others’ stories will help those grieving realize they aren’t alone. Please remember, you are not alone.