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Journaling Through Loss

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Jackie Henry
Losing someone we love through death ispurestock_1574r-05720.medium_99xp one of the most stressful events we will ever endure. The stress takes a toll on our emotions, our bodies, and our health. Journal writing can be a simple and practical way to relieve some of that stress and the problems it brings. I found that writing my thoughts in a journal became a great comfort and companion to me. It will catalog your journey of grief.

Putting words on paper allows us to express our painful feelings rather than stuffing and carrying them around inside of us. We can pour our hearts out in a journal anytime we feel like it. Our journals are always there to receive our thoughts and feelings.

There is no right way to journal. Journaling can start out on a napkin, but you will probably want to purchase a pretty journal. If you are too upset to write anything, just write words and phrases. Explain what you are feeling. Sometimes just to catalog the events of your day helps. Write about the anger. Write about the memories. Write out your prayers to God. Write out scriptures that you are holding onto now.

A grief journal is a valuable tool in the journey of bereavement, and it is also a lasting tribute to the person who has died.

Here are some starters for you:
1. My biggest struggle right now is…
2. The thing that really gets me down is …
3. The worst thing about my loss is…
4. When I feel lonely …
5. The most important thing I’ve learned …
6. I seem to cry most when…
7. I dreamed last night …
8. I heard a song that reminded me of …
9. The experiences I miss the most are …
10. A new hope I found today is …
11. New strengths I have developed since my loss are …
12. A new person I have come to appreciate is …
13. How I leaned on the Lord today is …
14. I am thankful for …
15. A Bible verse that gives hope …

About Jackie Henry

Writer Jackie Henry is the founder and director of the “Teacup Widow’s Ministry,” a ministry designed to bless, encourage and empower widows. Jackie was a widow for nine years when she met and married Rev. Larry K. Henry, who is an ordained minister in the Church of God. Jackie has served as the director of Women’s Ministries at the Lawrenceville Church of God for 14 years. She has been employed by North Ga. Church of God Executive Office for 17 years. Jackie and Larry have been appointed as pastors of the Dahlonega Church of God At Mercy Hill. Jackie has learned that God’s Word will mix with life’s experiences to create the wisdom that is needed for living. Her love for God has given her a winning combination.

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Jackie Henry is the founder and director of the “Teacup Widow’s Ministry,” a ministry designed to bless, encourage and empower widows. Jackie was a widow for nine years when she met and married Rev. Larry K. Henry, who is an ordained minister in the Church of God. Jackie has served as the director of Women’s Ministries at the Lawrenceville Church of God for 14 years. She has been employed by North Ga. Church of God Executive Office for 17 years. Jackie and Larry have been appointed as pastors of the Dahlonega Church of God At Mercy Hill. Jackie has learned that God’s Word will mix with life’s experiences to create the wisdom that is needed for living. Her love for God has given her a winning combination.

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