Your cart
Close Alternative Icon
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: buy 2 or more prints, get 20% off all of them! + always free US shipping HOLIDAY SPECIAL: buy 2 or more prints, get 20% off all of them! + always free US shipping
Down Arrow Icon
Bag Icon
Close Icon
Down Arrow Icon

21 Grief Journaling Prompts to Get the Healing Energy Flowing

Arrow Thin Left Icon Arrow Thin Right Icon
21 Grief Journaling Prompts to Get the Healing Energy Flowing

Through grief journaling, we take small but solid and honest steps forward, which is the only way through grief (we can’t sidestep the work of grieving and healing; it is truly hard and heart work). From the pages of my own journal, I’m offering some prompts to encourage those steps inward and forward.

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again. We need to grieve in order to do this. The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life… Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain. It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.” — Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

This quote reminds me of my dad when he told me that “we rebuild, together” — his response when I asked how I was going to make it through a really rough breakup.

Dad’s words (always so full of wisdom) still echo in my heart, and I consult them often whenever I need some divine guidance.

We can bear much more than we think we can, but we need to be able to share the natural feelings of suffering. But if we don't express the depth of what we're going through, how can we rebuild?

Grief journaling is one way of allowing ourselves the space for genuine healing to take place, whether or not we’re ready and willing to express ourselves to others.

Though the practice of sitting with a pen, pad, and our own presence, we make a statement to the universe: “I am willing to heal.”

“It’s called grief work because finding your way through grief is hard work,” explains bereavement counselor Marty Tousley, “and if you put it off, like a messy chore it will sit there waiting to be done.”

Marty also relates the work of grieving to “a long, winding tunnel whose entrance is closed behind you, and the only way out is through.” How true, and the only way through is your way through.

Through grief journaling I've learned that though I hurt, I don’t have to become the pain or be destroyed by it; I can even learn from and guide it.

These prompts can help you get in touch with what’s showing up for you so you can better show up for the healing. I suggest printing them out or writing them out and then taking your time to answer whichever ones you feel up to today.

21 Grief Journaling Prompts to Awaken & Allow Healing Energies

1. Today, I am really missing…

2. I am having a hard time with…

3. The hardest time of day is…

4. I have been feeling a lot of…

5. To allow these feelings room to transform into something else, I am willing to…

6. I could use some more…

7. I could use a little less…

Grief journaling is a therapeutic offering of compassion, a true gift of possibility.

8. I am ready to feel…

9. A simple activity or non-activity I could try today to make things easier is…

10. If I were to ask for help, who might I ask and what would I ask for specifically?

11. My support system includes…

12. I find it helpful when…

13. I feel most connected to my loved one when I…

14. A comforting memory of my loved one is…

When we sincerely contemplate what we can do from this place to participate in our own healing, miracles are summoned.

15. My loved one had a way of making me feel…

16. One way I can express this feeling (or these feelings) in a creative way is…

17. If I could be like my loved one in any way, I would adopt their…

18. I can honor my loved one by…

19. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by pain, regret, guilt, or despair, I will repeat this mantra:

20. To be more compassionate toward myself, I am willing to try…

21. Is there someone else who is hurting, and is there something I could do to show them I care?

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these prompts did you need the most today?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!

All love,

Jen

P.S. Need more light today? See what else I've written about loss and possibility. You might find exactly what you need.

Comments on this post (4)

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Skylya, I’m so sorry you feel all this pain right now. I see you and I send you all the love I can through this screen. It’s hard to keep being somewhere when the person we connected with most isn’t there anymore, but you can make it through this. I just want you to know that you’re stronger than you probably give yourself credit for. You’re still here (which is amazing in itself) and even though there’s all this hurt, maybe there’s something you could do, to bring his energy/warmth into the school as a way of honoring him and all he stood for? Not so much do, but BE. Who he was to you… maybe you’re that person to someone else, or could be… Also, you can email me whenever you want, if you want. I’m here. xo ~ jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Today I am really missing my school principal. He’s not dead which makes me happy, but still he was like a father to me and he left on sick leave of got fired but I don’t really know. We were super close, I talked to him all the time, he was what I looked forward to going to school for… no he’s gone and somehow I feel like it’s my fault… I’m feeling like I can’t deal with the pain I’m feeling. I cry everyday at least 4 times and this has been going on for three months, I can’t handle it anymore, I do t want to be here without him, I feel useless…

    — Skylya Cress

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Hi Carole, I hope you feel warmth from these words, and from the love left from your dad… that’s in you, woven all through your life, even still. And I hope that coldness turns into something new for you. Love, Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Today I am really missing my Dad. He left us 23 years ago this June. Mom left us 3 months ago, and I am having issues with the coldness that she often made me feel. My Dad always knew just what to say to me when I was feeling sad or hurt. Love you Dad!

    — Carole Farley

Leave a comment

I think you'll like these too...