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The Power of Journaling in Times of Grief: 10 Prompts to Get You Started

As a grief counselor, and a human who has known grief herself, I am a huge believer in the practice of journaling in grief. Not only have I seen the benefits in the clients I work with but I have learned that when grief comes to me that there is often no better place to work through those feelings than in my trusty journal. However, I often hear that people don’t know what to write in their journal. It can be hard to know where to start with journaling. So over the years I’ve compiled a list of journaling prompts to help my clients, and now you too have a starting point. Some of these journal prompts may speak to you and some may not- that’s okay. You are free to make them your own, that’s the beauty of journaling, it is your unique expression, you don’t have to follow anyone else’s rules. I hope these prompts will be a starting guide in your journaling practice for your grief.

  1. Today I’m having a hard time with…

  2. What is your favorite memory of your person?

  3. What is the hardest part of your grief?

  4. What do you need extra support with in your grief and how might you get that support from yourself or others?

  5. Write a letter to your person

  6. Write a letter to your grief

  7. What have you learned in your grief?

  8. How has grief changed your relationships?

  9. How has your loss and grief changed the way you view the world?

  10. One thing I’ve noticed coming up a lot is…


This blog post was written by Anna Finnegan, LCSW of Green Door Therapy.

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