How to Journal Through Grief – Part III: Letter Writing

Letter writing is a powerful tool to articulate and express that which has never been expressed before.

You can write a letter to yourself or to an aspect of yourself. You can write a letter to your grief, to your stresses, your anger or disappointments. You can even write a letter to a loved one passed on.

When a client came to me, still grieving her father who had died years before, I had her write a letter to him. And then I had her father answer her in a letter. How? It’s simple. You imagine your loved one sitting beside you and speaking. You listen and write down their words. Let them speak from their loving Self.

Writing letters to your loved ones and then hearing from them on special occasions, or even over a period of time, can bring comfort, love, insight, wisdom, and healing. This nurturing practice eased the client through a period of delayed grief. Additionally, it helped heal the relationship to her father, even though he was no longer in the body. Finally, it freed her to move fluidly and joyfully in her present life.

That’s the way writing often starts, a disaster or a catastrophe of some sort, as happened to me… And I think that’s the basis for my continued interest in writing, because by writing I rescue myself under all sorts of conditions, whatever it may be that has upset me, then I can write and it relieves the feeling of distress.   —William Carlos Williams

*This post is an excerpt from Journaling for Well-Being & Peace

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