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Two Journal Prompts for Grief That Will Help You See Loss In a New Light

Kells McPhillips

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Grieving the death of someone you love is among the most painful human experiences—and it's all too common in a year plagued by a virus that has taken almost two million lives worldwide.

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Although we tend to think of grief as something that solely happens after death, in their new, co-authored book What’s Your Story: A Journal for Your Everyday Evolution, Walker and Diamond make a point of showing that many aspects of being human are imbued with grief. With dozens of journaling prompts, the pair leads you through exercises to uncover the grief present in your community, the grief of losing a dream, and even the grief of feeling that your body has betrayed you in some way.

By the end of filling out your journal, you're left with a renewed sense of what these losses have meant to you, how they've shaped and unshaped you, and how you can reformulate future bouts of grief through writing. Below, Walker and Diamond offer two prompts to help you start rethinking grief.

Two journal prompts for grief from the authors of What's Your Story? 

Walker and Diamond recommend reading each question and then spending at least five minutes writing in response. If the words are flowing, continue. If not, put your pen down, read over what you wrote, and consider it without judgment. Then continue on to the next question or take a break and come back to it later.

Prompt 1: Who have you lost—friends, family, lovers, partners—and how did those losses change you and the story of your life?

Prompt 2: Where are you in the process of healing from those losses? What have you discovered about yourself from the healing process?

These questions were excerpted from What’s Your Story? with permission from the authors. 

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