Can Writing Be Healing?
If you are reading this you are no doubt on your journey through the grieving process. I want to suggest no matter where you are on that journey, remembering there is no right or wrong way to grieve nor is there a time limit that writing can be healing.
Well you might say, “I’m not a writer” – but I challenge you to just jot your thoughts in a journal or a spiral notebook or what ever works for you. Writing is a process just as grief is a process and remember no one has to read your thoughts if you want to keep them private, but in the act of doing sometimes we learn alot about ourselves, how we view our life, our loves, our challenges and our future.
I write in my journal often, I don’t plan what to write, I simply write about my day before I go to bed. I find that if I let the pen lead I tend to write from my heart and not my head. When I’m thinking too hard about what to write it is more contrived then when I even write words that express the day.
I wrote many things just after my husband died, I wrote about the week he was in the hospital and after he died I wrote about being mad that he left me and how that made me feel. I wrote about my struggles and pondered what I would do next. It made me slow down and sort through my mixed feelings.
If you read the August newsletter I sent out, I asked for writing submissions from anyone who wanted to share a story relating to their grief process. I challenge you to share because often times you can help someone else who might be experiencing what you are going through.
The story I choose for September will receive an autographed copy of the book “The Shack” & as a bonus a writing journal.
Include (optional) your name, small photo and email address if you want the readers to be able to contact you. You can also say “Anonymous” and I will leave off your name.
Please include you mailing address with your submission. Send by August 31st if possible for consideration for September.