I put a question out across social media recently, asking if writing about lost loved ones helps people with their grief. It’s something that has been beneficial to me, that’s for sure. A myriad of messages dropped into my inbox with many using the written form – words about their loved one, to their loved one, about their feelings in general – as a much-loved, creative outlet for grief.
One response stood out to me, though. It was from Glyn. Glyn, who lost his dad 2 years ago, explained, ‘I haven’t tried writing about my grief yet, but journaling has been recommended to me…just a bit stuck how to start….’
With such a supportive online community of grievers, creatives and mental health advocates, I invited folk to share any nuggets of advice to help Glyn, and others, put pen to paper.
Kind, insightful tips flooded the comments section on how to get started with grief writing, and you can have a read through them all here…
Perhaps just start with a single memory of theperson you miss or the last time you were with them. Or write how you feel today and why. Nothing should feel forced. Write when it feels natural to do so & write what feels natural.
Emotions can overwhelm you & that’s ok. Small steps will help to make it less overwhelming. But essentially do what is right for you. Look after yourself & don’t give yourself a hard time over anything you do or feel.
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