Sometimes it takes some time for us to come to grips with the feelings we’re experiencing since they’re not always simple to explain. This is especially true for strong emotions, such as grief.
To process their emotions, some people like engaging in physical activity like stretching, dancing, or jogging. Others like activities that are more contemplative, such as art therapy or journaling.
Grief Journal Prompts
Having a routine for processing your emotions might keep you from burying your feelings and provide assistance while you’re going through a difficult moment. Particularly journaling may aid in our understanding of how we react to difficult situations like sorrow.
I experience… when I consider my loss.
My body is feeling today…
What does it mean to you to be an “active participant” in your grieving as opposed to a “passive witness”? Please explain below.
When you finally have the confidence to softly and gradually embrace your sadness, the pain will not stop trying to win your attention. What are the ways that your grief’s suffering is attempting to attract your attention?
What are your plans for freely expressing your sadness while you mourn this loss?
How do you interpret turning toward your pain?
In the event that someone advises you to leave your pain behind, how may you respond?
Outline how you perceive the connection between spirituality and/or faith in relation to grief, if applicable.
Describe any further losses you have suffered as a result of our loss. Examples include losing one’s sense of security (emotional, physical, financial, lifestyle), one’s sense of self (identification, confidence, health, personality), or one’s sense of purpose (goals, dreams, faith, will, joy). Write about one or two of your choices.
How do you feel about the idea of overcoming grief instead of learning to reconcile?
Name three persons who would naturally make excellent friends with you as you navigate your loss.
To whom or what you lost, how connected were you?
Specify the details of the loss. How did you discover it? Was it a surprise, or was it expected?
Would making a new ritual or ceremony be beneficial for your healing? What new possibilities are there for you to utilize ceremonies to commemorate birthdays and anniversaries?
Do you believe your gender identification has an impact on how you grieve? Why or why not?
How does your cultural upbringing affect how you grieve and mourn?
Does your family have any guidelines for dealing with sadness or loss?
How has this loss changed your worldview?
Do any further important losses affect your grief?
What do you fear the most now that the loss has occurred or when you first began to prepare for the loss?
Have you had any visions, sounds, or dreams involving your loss or the things you expect to lose?
Has your grieving been accompanied by feelings of hate, blame, horror, wrath, rage, and/or jealousy? Have anyone around you objected to the way you expressed your emotions? What steps are you taking to deal with these emotions in a healthy way?
How depressed do you currently feel after your loss? How does current melancholy compare to your prior sadness during your grieving process?
What can you do to accept your grief rather than run from it?
Do you ever judge the signs or behaviors of your grief? How, if so?
Do people in your life make assumptions about your grieving symptoms or reactions?
Have you had mystical or dream-like experiences related to your loss? If yes, could you explain it and your feelings about it?
How do your grief attacks or outbursts seem to you?
What indications, if any, do you see in yourself of coming to terms with your loss?
Keep a journal of the actions you have taken or are taking to come to terms with your loss.
Does your faith support you as you work to make peace with your loss?
How have you learned that sadness may alter you?
What alterations have you noticed in yourself after coping with a loss or impending loss?
Since you began mourning, have your values changed? How?
How have your beliefs about God and spirituality altered as a result of your grief? (If appropriate)
Do you think your life has meaning? Then what? Why not, if not?
Do you think you owe it to the person you miss or the loss you endured to live in part on their behalf? If not, why not?
How can you honor the death or life of the person for whom you are grieving?
How will you live your altered life in the most genuine way possible?
Enter a humorous recollection you have of the person you lost in writing.
What would you tell your loved one about your day if you could?
I miss you today…
Has the person you lost ever been in your dreams? Note down the events in the dream.
Who makes up your support network?
Which holiday was your loved one’s favorite? What can you do today to honor and remember them?
Create a mantra that you may repeat to yourself whenever a wave of sadness strikes.
Describe three things that always make you feel wonderful, even during difficult times.
List a few activities you do that you know are bad for your mental health, especially now, and consider how you may engage in them less.
What songs bring to mind the person you’re missing?
In ten words, describe your loved one.
Express yourself in writing to a loved one about anything you desire.
One thing I want to keep in mind is that: • I need more of… • I need less of… • This experience has taught me…
Are you at ease seeking assistance? If not, why not?
What have you been most fearful of after losing your loved one? • List three ways you may show yourself compassion today.
Jot down a reassuring recollection you have of the deceased.
What physical health care measures can you take today?
If there was one thing I could forgive myself for, it would be…
Do you know anyone else who is grieving? How can you assist one another?
How have you previously dealt with your sorrow, and how effective were those methods?
Describe a time when you and the person you lost didn’t get along.
When I think of my loved one, which feelings do I find the most challenging to explore?
What emotions do I find difficult to confront? How does this affect the way I’m grieving?
Where in my body do I experience strong emotions when they arise?
What step in this procedure is the most difficult for me?
When I genuinely miss a loved one, how do I take care of myself?
Have I ever had trouble allowing myself to truly grieve? I wonder why that is.
What resources do I have available to support me at this challenging time?
What memories tend to come to mind when I let my thoughts wander? What does that feel like to me?
Have any recent dreams or thoughts about my loved one surfaced?
Which of our shared memories is our favorite?
What is the funniest moment I can recall involving a loved one?
What about my loved one will I miss the most?
What characterized my beloved someone?
What love-related memory brings a smile to my face?
What time of day do I miss my loved ones the most?
Why do certain fragrances make me think of a loved one? What is the scent’s most memorable connection to me?
What picture comes to me when I close my eyes and think of the person I’ve lost?
Did I hear a recognizable sound that brought back memories of the deceased?
What foods, and why, make me think of my loved ones?
What fabrics or textures make me think of a loved one?
What would my grief look like if I could give it a tangible form?
What hue and why makes me think of my loved one?
Would I change how I said goodbye if I could go back in time, and what would I change?
What would I say if I had a brief opportunity to talk with them again?
When have I ever sensed the presence of a loved one?
What guidance would my loved ones provide me if they were present with me to help me move on from losing them?
What difficulties did I encounter today?
What have I learned from those difficulties?
What did I feel good about today? (This may be as easy as a hot shower, a cup of tea, a conversation with a buddy, or even a good weep.)
What actions do I intend to do tomorrow that I believe will aid in my recovery?
To whom do I feel I can turn when I’m in need?
What specific assistance would I like to request? Are there any obstacles that might prevent me from achieving them?
How can I allow myself to believe that I merit such assistance?
Am I aware of any other mourning people? How can I support them in any way?
I vow to myself that I will do the following because I deserve it. • These are the things that could help me feel better.
Even if it’s difficult for you to achieve that happiness right now, write a list of the things that bring you joy.
What scripture from the Bible gives you comfort?
What upcoming event are you most dreading?
What manifestation of God’s will have you witnessed this week?
What worship tune is comforting you or assisting you in processing your loss?
What has recent information about your beloved been revealed?
Where is it difficult to travel right now? Where can I find comfort?
In what ways has God spoken to you this week?
What do you miss that no one else may understand?
What is your greatest challenge? How have you relied on God during this battle?
How has loss impacted your self-confidence?
What is your biggest worry right now?
Mornings are difficult because….
Evenings are difficult because…..
Is that fear founded in reality, or is there a lie underlying it? How does God’s truth disprove a falsehood if you can recognize it for what it is?
How are you physically feeling? What is making you physically feel better while you deal with grief?
Where do you now feel weak? What evidence do you have that God is vital in your weakness?
What has someone said to you that has been the most beneficial?
What is the cruelest thing somebody has ever said to you?
The Bible is rife with lament—crying out to God in your suffering, in your confusion, in your exhaustion, and then placing your confidence in God. Write your own prayer of regret to God, expressing your faith in him despite your suffering.
What choice do you need to consider and work through? Write down the decision’s worries, difficulties, unknowns, and advantages and disadvantages.
What about grieving has surprised you?
Where do you now see joy?
What is now causing you to smile?
How has God specifically met your needs this week?
Do you have any remorse? How do God’s omnipotence and mercy enable you to deal with these mistakes?
Write down seven things you have to praise God for today.
What secondary losses are you suffering from? List them all out and express how much you have lost.
What areas do you need assistance with? How can you get assistance?
How are you extending grace to yourself at this time?
How does stress affect your eating, sleeping, health symptoms, and other aspects of your life? How are you going to deal with that stress?
What kind of rest are you giving yourself as a space for grief?
How have your friendships been impacted by this loss? Has it become deeper for some people or become more difficult for some? What can you do to keep the relationships that matter the most alive?
Which customs do you wish to keep?
Is there a concrete way you may pay tribute to your loved one?
What are you now hoping for?
What concern do you have right now that you can offer to God?
What has God been teaching you during this grieving process?
For whom may you offer prayers while you travel the path of loss?
What lesson(s) has God taught you via your experience with grief?
If you could share anything about yourself with a loved one right now, what would you say?
Is forgiving someone a necessary step in your grieving process? Do you need to ask for your own pardon? Make a written request for forgiveness.
What area do you need to make progress in? Tell us about that location and beg God to intervene.
How does the impact of a tidal wave of sorrow feel? How are you handling those powerful waves of grief?
What term best describes the difficulty of your grief? Why?
How has God’s assurance of paradise affected your sadness or you?
How do you deal with rage while you’re grieving? What do you believe to be facts concerning the cause of that rage, and what do you believe to be lies from the enemy?
How is God comforting you in your sorrow via His Word? What has particular Bible chapter been most beneficial?
If you were to sum up, your loved ones in ten words, what would they be?
What are you sincerely grateful for in the midst of your sadness and loss, which are problematic?
What accomplishment, little or large, can you celebrate today?
If your buddy was experiencing the same level of sadness as you are, what advice would you give her?
Who has supported you throughout this challenging time? How do they assist?
God records every tear you shed and stores them in a bottle. When is crying the easiest? When is crying difficult?
What do you think about the future? What assurances did God give about your different outlook?