lossMy Facebook feed is filled with friends mourning the death of parents.

Of a spouse. A parent, sibling, cousin. A friend.

Grief, my friends, is universal. Loss is something we all go through in one form or another. And it’s hard.

It’s a hard walk

Almost two  years. That’s how long my walk through grieving my mother lasted. A long time. Actually, I’m still walking, 20 years later. But it’s not as hard as it was at first.

When I lost Riley, the grief was as painful, and maybe more so because it was unexpected. I really didn’t think I’d make it out of grief. And then, I had a profound spiritual experience and came out in a quite different place.

But that wasn’t what happened with my grandfather’s death, some 40 years ago. Many days I’d pull the car over so I could cry. It went on and on.

Everyone walks through grief a different way. It depends on so many variables and “one size” doesn’t fit all.

It’s good to vent

One thing that helps, though, is to get our feelings out. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can see my loved ones’ eyes glazing over if they think I’ve talked about my loss enough.  Yes, that happens. People do think we should “get over it” and usually before we’re ready to “get over it.”  That’s why I developed my Guided Journal Through Grief.

Each page has a prompt to help you express how you feel about your loss. It’s a safe place to vent. And if you don’t like to write you can paint, draw or even make a little collage.  Here’s one of the questions:

Many other questions help you process your grief. There are also ideas for rituals, mini-meditations and other activities.

If you or someone you love is grieving, this could very well be a comfort and will certainly be of help. The journal is available alone or as part of a condolence gift package. All products are budget-friendly. See all my grief products and services here.

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