Twelve Months of Journal Prompts can take you through the year. Try these suggestions, and see where they take you. January through December, you are not alone. Download.
As you work, remember to take time to look back at past entries to get a look at how things have changed or how you've grown. Journaling can be so helpful on the grief journey.
Here are a few ways to use your journal:
*write a letter to your loved one
*describe the day or week's best and worst moments
*talk to yourself in a place of safety
*list problems you're facing and different ways you could handle each
*make some goals and write down small steps that can help you reach them
*write down things that helped, even a little, and refer to those when you need them
*make a list of people who can help if you are in crisis and add phone numbers
What kind of journal supplies speak to you? Something fancy from the bookstore? A plain spiral notebook? Some good pens? Keep them ready to use.
Way for Hope
Losing someone you love is difficult, but it can mean a lot to hear from others traveling similar paths.
Links of Value:
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Word of God
"My Story" Big Daddy Weave
"Hope in Front of Me"
The Joy FM
Traumatic loss or preexisting conditions can worsen mental health. Use this info graphic to find help.
"Take Charge of Your Mental Health" - a free download from www.nami.org: