Writing in a journal allowed me the freedom to actually say what I was thinking and feeling without a filter! And that was powerful for me. We live in a grief-adverse culture. Most people don’t know what to say after a death. Sometimes, people say hurtful things that diminish your grief. I was one of those people once and I know those hurtful things are unintentional. But they still hurt. Writing in a journal allowed me to work my way through different situations.
One important thing I’ve learned is that grief is a unique experience for everyone. I’ll talk more about this in an upcoming newsletter. Everyone reacts differently, which is why it’s so hard to know what to do or say. But a simple “I’ve been thinking about you” will never hurt. For most people, it will mean so much because you’ve acknowledged their grief and let them know they’re not alone.
Last week, we delivered two bags. One to a young woman who lost her husband and the other to a woman who is taking care of a sick family member. Both were well-deserving recipients! Thanks for your donations, which allowed us to provide these women with a boost!
This week’s featured donation is a brightly colored journal. I received a half dozen journals after Mike died. They all came from people who had lost someone close to them. I remember thinking these people all lost someone close to them and they’re all giving me the same thing so I might as well try it! I’m so glad I did.
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