Here are a few tips that will help you get started on writing a journal after the loss of someone you love.
Remember there are no rules - at all. It is a good idea to date each journal entry as that will give you a reference point in the future, but it is up to you.
Find the best ways to get your words on paper. This may mean buying an actual journal that appeals to you. These can be found in book stores, boutiques, online. Just finding one that feels right, might be the starting point you need. And, if you are more comfortable on a keyboard - write your journal on your computer. Again, there are no rules.
When to write is also determined by you. There is no best time. It might be when you wake up or at night when your emotions are high and taking to writing will help ease your mind. The only thing about timing that is important is that you do indeed take the time to write.
You can write about anything you like and as many different topics as you like. Jot down memories of your loved ones - things about them them that you loved the most, that you miss the most. Write about things that made you laugh. Who else might be missing them, sharing your loss? How do YOU feel - lonely, abandoned, heartsick? You can write about your day - something you might have shared with your loved one - how that may have made him/her feel.
Don't be afraid to write. It may hurt, very badly, to put all you feel on paper but eventually, it will help to console. If you can't bring yourself to start a journal, consider writing a letter to your loved one who is gone - or maybe even, write to someone who is also grieving so that you can help them as well. It is often easier to write these things than to say something in person.
If you can't journal, find another outlet.You've tried to journal and you just can't do it. There are other ways to express your grief. You can paint, write poetry, draw, listen to music or even dance. Do what makes you feel better, little by little, and leads you to a place of self discovery that can take you through your grief and onto recovery.