All of us are going through collective sorrow secondary to the pandemic. Here at Online Grief Support, we have already experienced loss, and the pandemic has only added to this.  We are feeling out of control. 

We are trying our best to adapt.  I would like to suggest Journal Therapy to help with the healing process. It can be helpful to put words to losses.  Writing can help us identify ways to move forward.  Journaling helps improve our mental health.  Have you tried journal Therapy?

When we journal, we can detect strengths and weaknesses and identify coping skills.  How have you healed and recovered in the past?  Do you have social support?  Currently, we are practicing social distancing but there are avenues to reach out to each other – Skype, Facetime, Zoom and the Online Grief Support "Chat" feature.  Have you utilized any of these?

Journaling is therapy you can try today if you are willing.  I am including journaling prompts at the end of this post to spark ideas. Write in a journal or use the Journaling feature on this site.  

Use Our Blog Feature for Journal Therapy 

You can choose to make it private or public. Blog posts are a great way to express yourself on your profile page.

To get started, go to your profile page, and locate the "Blog/Journal" tab and click on it. Click the “Add” Link.  It looks like this: 

You can add text, links, images, and files to your blog post using the blog editor toolbar. You can also select the privacy of your blog post to allow anyone in the community to view it, just your friends or just you. In order to edit privacy, go to Settings and click on privacy.

Here are some journal prompts:

  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…
  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…
  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?

I hope I have been somewhat helpful. Please contact me and let me know how you are doing.  We also have a chat feature here on the site.  If you see me on the chat, feel free to chat with me. 

Wishing you peace,

Diana

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Comment by Diana, Grief Recovery Coach on January 7, 2021 at 8:03am

Penny, No . . . giving up is not an option.  Stay connected to all of us.  If journaling doesn't resonate with you, maybe just commenting on others post, like you have done here. We are here for you!  And yes, we are all reinventing ourselves every day.  It's a process that we can go through together.  

Comment by Penny Caywood on January 5, 2021 at 6:09pm

Diana,

As long as I can remember, I haven't been one for journaling. However, because of the loss of Jeremy, I'm learning to incorporate things into my life that I never done before. I know that you and other people understand what it's like to have to reinvent yourself. Thing is, until I met my boyfriend, Steve, I was homeless. I didn't know what I was going to do with myself, but the one thing I did know was that I had to get myself off the streets. Now that I have a place to go, someone who is willing to help me with anything and everything I need, I'm more "set to go" when it comes to the grieving process.

Until 2019, when I experienced loss, the person was generally someone I did not know or I was not close with. Since 2019, I have lost 5 people who were extremely close to my heart. These losses were so close together that I couldn't grieve one loss properly before loss came again. For example, my father passed in February on 2019, and before I knew it, Jeremy passed. I didn't get the opportunity to grieve dad's loss before Jeremy's loss.

Yes, you were very helpful with your tips and advice. Like with anyone else, I have to figure out what it is that I want/need to do, first. 

I get lost. A lot of times, I really just want to give up, but then, I know that is not an option. 

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