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Ease Your Grief and Suffering with a Journal


Grieving Process

Posted On: Feb 13, 2017

Ease Your Grief and Suffering with a Journal

Journaling is a meaningful, private, and open way to get in touch with your feelings, work through issues, and come to terms with your emotions. After losing someone you love, be it through death, divorce, or a breakup, you feel a jumble of emotions. The tangled snarl of feelings in your heart and mind run the gamut from love and pain to anger and feel. You don't always want to talk to someone else about your innermost secrets and revelations. Writing in a journal allows you to speak to yourself, essentially, but you're also unburdening your soul and creating a map of your sadness, which is extraordinarily helpful with healing.

Journaling Offers Clarity

The words you write in a journal mirror your thoughts. The idea is to simply sit down and start writing. Don't stop to think. Don't edit or censor yourself. Let your feelings flow onto the mirror. When you're done, you can look in the mirror of your words. They reflect your true feelings back to you, even if they're not all positive or pretty. You might feel genuinely angry at your loved one for dying, but because that doesn't seem acceptable, you might avoid talking about it. Your journal entries reveal how you honestly feel, and that's the best way to heal.

It's a Calming Activity

There's something soothing about writing without thinking, just chugging along and letting everything flow. You get lost in the motions, whether you're writing longhand or typing. It's a bit meditative in that way, which centers you. It's necessary to reach this calm state during your bereavement. You need relief from the constant sadness and the barrage of memories that wash over you.

Writing Heals

Writing about yourself, especially, is a healing activity. You're venting, even if it's only onto a piece of paper or a screen. You're still letting out the emotions plaguing your mind and your heart. It's all right if you can't share them with anyone else yet. Acknowledging them yourself is enough to strengthen and hasten the healing process.

Journaling works during other stressful or painful times, as well. Discussing your feelings is always helpful, even if it's a one-sided discussion between you and your notebook. Going back and reading through your journey reveals your strength and preserves your memories.