What is Grief Journaling and How Do I Start?
Grief journaling is one way you can cope with grief by writing about your loss. Journaling will help your mind and body heal. It is a healthy way to help you face your concerns instead of hiding them. You will only need something to write or record with, such as:
- Pen and paper
- Video or audio recorder
There is no right way to start grief journaling. The idea is to express yourself freely. Write down your thoughts and how you feel about your loss. You can create a space for journaling in your:
- Home office
- Outdoor patio
What Should I Write About?
- A poem: Poems are a type of creative writing. Poems can be short or long and can rhyme, but they do not have to. You can write a poem to tell your story or express an idea.
- About a dream: You can write about the dreams you have while you sleep, you had for your baby, and as you look to the future.
- About something you are thankful for: When you focus on what you are thankful for it can take your mind off your grief.
- About a memory: You might write about the time you spent with your baby, even if it was after death. You might also look at photos of your baby and write down the way it makes you feel.
- A letter: Write a letter to your baby, a family member, or friend. You do not have to send it.
- Time capsule: Write some of the details of everyday life from the time your baby was conceived. Later, you can look back at what you wrote to see how the world has changed.
- A list: This can be an easy task. Try a few different themes. For example, you can focus on the everyday things around you that remind you of your baby, and why
Use these writing prompts to help you get started. You can use these lines and then write more in your journal:
- My favorite part of being pregnant was…
- The day my baby was born….
- I feel…, and I think I need to…
- I miss my baby most when….
- On the day my baby died…
- Something that reminds me of my baby is….
This sheet was adapted from queenbproject.com/journaling.html.