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Death Sucks:
A Journal of Life After Loss

For anyone grieving the death of someone they love.

Creating this special journal gave me a place to put the quotes I had mentally collected for years, the self-care strategies that have helped reclaim my health, an opportunity to dispel some common misconceptions about grief, and plenty of space for you to find healing through your own writing. When sketching the cover art, I visualized the integration of the yin-yang symbol with the tree of life representing the balance of life and death, darkness and light, and how they need each other to exist. 

Everyone's path down this road looks a little different, but if we can reach out a hand to those that follow, no one has to walk it alone. This is my hand reaching out to you. 

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  • Precious memories you want to remember
  • Vent your inner turmoil (try to always end these entries with one thing you're grateful for)
  • Anything left unsaid
  • The things you miss
  • Make a gratitude list (good to have on hand for those days when gratitude is elusive)
  • Use the quotes in the journal as writing prompts
  • Write a letter to your loved one
  • Create a prayer, affirmation, mantra, or poem (or write one you found that you love)
  • A compassionate letter to the 'before' you, the 'current' you, and/or the 'future' you
  • The thoughts that steal your sleep (keep the journal next to your bed)
  • Dreams that you still remember upon waking
  • Your 'whys' to keep pushing forward

It doesn't matter if you're a "writer" or not- simply make a list of key words on a page if you don't feel like writing sentences. Draw a picture. Scribble an angry scratch. F your filter. Have a ceremonial fire and burn it when you're done if you like. It's all about healing. 
  • A healthy coping strategy that offers a way to release thoughts and feelings that might be ruminating in your head; 
  • Helps to sort out thoughts/feelings and can bring about insights you didn't even know were there; 
  • Improves sleep, mood, confidence, mental and physical health, inspires creativity, and boosts memory; 
  • A place to practice positive self-talk (when you're about to beat yourself up for something, try to catch it and instead offer yourself compassion and understanding like you would do for someone else that you love)
Words are powerful, and our inner dialogue has a direct effect on our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Help yourself heal by using words of compassion and love- especially a time when you need it the most. Always remember (through either writing, thinking, speaking, living, etc.) to give yourself grace and show yourself extra love. 
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