Journaling is a powerful ingredient for releasing grief.
Journaling has the power to allow those who grieve to creatively let go of their thoughts and feelings, gain new thoughts, increase awareness of their feelings and to reflect upon the events which brought them to their grief. The creativeness of the writing process allows the spouse who was left behind to move forward and heal.
Writing down your feelings and thoughts aids in reflection, exploration and discovery of who you are and who you strive to become – because, as you already know, when you experience the death of a spouse, you change inside. Journaling becomes a tool for expressing not only thoughts and feelings, but fears and challenges; allowing you to find your “new normal”.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. Washington Irving
Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” Fred Rogers