Journaling and Creative Expression

Grief In Six Words: a new site by WYG

If you’re a long-time WYG grief-friend, you know that Eleanor and I looooove six-word stories.  Why?  First, because we love creative expression as a tool for coping with grief.  Writing, of course, is one of those creative tools.  We also know from many years of working with grievers and hanging out here with all of you, …

64 Six Word Stories About Grief

A while back we wrote a post about the six word story, the well-known writing exercise made famous through the legend that Ernest Hemingway was once bet that he couldn’t write a short story in six words.  As the story goes he wrote the following story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”.  The validity of …

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Dear Grief

We put out a call to action last week encouraging all of you out there, adults and kids alike, to write a letter to grief in honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day.  When the letters didn’t come rolling in we decided the concept of a ‘letter’ may feel like a little much.  I mean, it …

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Grief Hacks: Lists and Little Journals

Experiencing the death of a loved one can throw a person all out of whack, am I right?  Grief is known to impact physical, emotional and cognitive function and can make it difficult for you to concentrate, focus, and function.  It can also cause you to feel excessively negative, lost, overwhelmed, and stuck.  With this in mind, …

To Care or Not to Care

Sometimes I fantasize about not caring. As someone who cares probably just a little too much, the thought of scaling down my number of concerns seems liberating.  To clarify, I don’t mean not feeling because I actually think not feeling feels awful.  For the purposes of this conversation, not caring and not feeling are two different things.  Sure, …

Grief and Creative Block: getting your groove back

Grief and creative expression, for me (and Eleanor and I am sure many of you) are deeply intertwined.  When my dad died I started something that was a little bit journal, a little bit art journal, and a little bit scrapbook.  It got me through some very dark moments when not much else did.  You …


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