A poet can take all the grief from her heart
(the pain that can swell and break a heart)
and write it in fine black lines
on starchy white paper. . . .
–from Fine Black Lines, Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad
Writing through your grief, by keeping a diary of your feelings or writing about the loss of a loved one can be very helpful as your travel through your grief journey. Your words can witness your grief without judgment or reaction. They can create a safe space to express those things that are hard or impossible to say to another person.

Writing through grief has helped many people to cope with their losses. People who are grieving have written some of the best books that we have included in our book corner. But you do not need to be an accomplished or published author to use writing in a therapeutic way to sort out your thoughts and to express your emotions. Some people write letters to the lost loved one as a way of expressing how they feel. Others keep a daily journal of feelings. Others construct AlphaPoems, which are an easy and structured way to get started. You can write the alphabet, or the letters of your loved one’s name, vertically down the side of your page. Then write a poem in which each successive line begins with the next letter on the page. (It is xceptable to make xceptions for xtra hard letters.)

If you think writing might be something you would like to try, or even if you already do it—Join us on December 3rd at 2 pm when we will be kicking off our 2nd monthly writing workshop with a special event—Journaling Your Way Through the Holiday Season, with Patty Rossi. (Patty also leads our monthly writing workshop that meets on Wednesday night).