Check out Appendix D in my grief memoir, A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter’s Grief Memoir for healing activities and ideas.
APPENDIX D – Workbook
Healing from grief requires active participation if you want to get past the pain and the loss to the other side—to thrive more than just survive. Here are a few questions and activities to get the juices flowing after reading this book.
1. List the key people you have lost in your life and write out a short description of your relationship besides the name of each person. How did that loss affect you? How old were you? How did you handle your grief at the time? What did you learn about your grief process?
2. How do you feel about grief after reading this book? What do you know about grief? Where could you find more information about grief?
3. If applicable: how did your mother grieve the loss of her parents? How did your father grieve the loss of his parents? Which one are you more like? Write down three take-aways you learned from your parents about how to grieve.
4. What resources do you have available when you lose a loved one? (Example: Friends, church, social support group, etc.) Write down names, phone numbers,and email addresses to have available.
5. Be diligent about the following areas of your life because grief affects the whole person. Identify one activity you can do to take care of yourself in each of these areas:
6. Buy a journal and/or adult coloring book and colored pencils/crayons and draw your feelings. Use this as a journal and dedicate time often to color and then describe the drawing.
7. Buy a journal and write three pages (“Morning Pages” from Julia Cameron’s The Artist‘sWay) every morning. Just start writing and see what comes up.
8. Create a sacred time and place every day to cry. Mark it on your calendar: when and where, and be dedicated about keeping that time.
9. Get involved in a grief support group in your area. Examples: GriefShare, hospice, religious groups, Yoga, etc.
10. Look at Appendix A and start a “God Things” list for what you are going through right now. Be sure not to leave out what seems small and insignificant.
11. Look at Appendix B and identify the normal activities you do that soothe your soul and then add activities to support your grief process.
12. Look at Appendix C and select one book to add to your library and read it. Search the topic “grief” online and add any titles below that appeal to you.
13. On the first anniversary of your loved one’s death, plan ahead to be prepared and make it a special day for you.
Share below activities/ideas that worked for you. We’re all different, and I’d love to know what you have done to heal after a major loss in your life.
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