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GRIEF CONVERSATIONS - JOURNALING


I recently watched a documentary about Norfolk Island. There was a segment about a woman who’d lost her daughter in a car accident. The mother was filmed at a roadside memorial that included flowers, photos and mementoes. The mother said she was glad that people visited this spot, because her greatest fear was that her daughter would be forgotten by the community. Have you ever felt worried that your loved will be forgotten? Are you concerned your memory of them will fade? This is one of the many reasons I encourage journaling; it’s an ideal way to capture your precious memories.

I encourage you to have a blank book to be used as a journal.


Journaling in whatever form it is expressed, is an important and helpful tool for healing a shattered heart. Journaling is recommended by many leading psychologists including Dr. Phil McGraw. I encourage you to follow the impulses of your heart as you create your own personal memoirs.


Your story is important - and it needs to be articulated both orally and on paper. It may not ever be published, and then again it might. It may be for your eyes only, or millions. Regardless of the readership, the intention behind writing your story, is to help you make sense of what has happened. It can be handwritten in a journal or typed as a Word document. It’s your story and you get to choose how to write it - and whether or not to share it.


Your journal can include a diary, creative art book, poetry, scrapbooking, pockets for sympathy cards, pictures, articles etc. or whatever you choose.


This is an excerpt from my book HEALING THE GRIEVING HEART by Del Marie McAlister

Imagine having someone walking beside you every day of the year, sharing nuggets of wisdom, messages of comfort, real life stories, and glimmers of hope. Many people, including myself have traveled a similar journey to yours and we understand what it’s like to grieve deeply. HEALING THE GRIEVING HEART contains snippets of our collective wisdom, and practical ideas, that has the potential to become healing balm to your grieving heart. A must-have if you are bereaved.

"I loved the book! I heard your voice throughout and it was such a comfort. Very heart warming and affirming."

“I can thoroughly recommend this book. It would have to be the most practical book I have read on dealing with the loss of someone you love.”


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