William Shakespeare once said, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the over wrought heart and bids it break”.

For hundreds of years, people have taken up writing, especially letters, to express their grief and deepest feelings.

Writing letters is a great way to express your feelings and keep in touch with yourself. When you put your thoughts and feelings to paper, you begin to accept and understand your feelings. Through writing, instead of being overwhelmed by your intense emotions, you understand your grief as you have found an outlet to release all the pent up emotions.

Writing is good for your physical and emotional health, and it provides these benefits to the body:

  • Increased positive outlook on life
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Better physical health
  • Better sleep
  • Improved moods
  • Avoidance of less healthy coping mechanisms such as use of drugs and alcohol

You should note that, any form of expressive writing can work. You can choose to write a diary, letters, short stories, poems, etc.

Here are reasons on how writing helps us cope with death:

  1. Writing Helps You Acknowledge Your Emotions

    It does not serve you any good to keep on denying your emotions. As long as you are in denial, you will never be able to get through the grief. The first step should be to acknowledge your emotions by writing them down. Writing helps to break down and process your emotions.

    If you sit down, but, find yourself unable to write, it means that you are not ready to let go. In this case, you can try the following:

    • Create Space for Feelings

    Even though your instincts might be telling you to distract and ignore your pain, you need to work against it in order to let go of the painful memories. To create space for your feelings, you can go for a short walk and think of nothing in particular. When you return, sit down or lie down in a comfortable position and let your feelings flow. Take a piece of paper and write down the first thing that comes to your mind, that reminds you of the deceased person.
    From there on, you will find that you have lots of stuff to write about.

  2. Writing Helps You Let Go Feelings of Blame and Regret

    While writing, you need to keep your guard down so that you can be able to release all those emotions. The deeper your thoughts and emotions, the easier it will be for you to overcome the grief.
    Write about your memories together and how life has changed since they departed. Write your regrets, feelings of blame, and what you would have been doing together if they were still alive.

  3. Writing Gives You Something to Look Forward to Everyday

    Set aside a little time, at the end of every day, to sit down, relax and train your mind on your thoughts and emotions during the day. Write down all your emotions on your notebook, and do not be afraid to hold back. You can keep the book private if you do not want other people to read through your work. You can also type on your computer or iPad. Anything that works for you.
    Writing will keep your mind from unhealthy practices such as drugs and alcohol. If you feel like your writing needs some professional boost, you can have a look at writing companies reviews for tips to boost your content quality.

  4. Writing Helps You Re-Organize Your Life

    Once you let go, you will realize that it is less painful to think about life without the deceased. At this point, write about how your life was different before you met them, how it was with them in your life, and how it is that they are no longer in your life. Then ask yourself how life will be in the future, and if that is what the deceased would have wished to happen.
    This will take time, so do not rush it.

  5. Writing Ensures You Keep Focus On Bettering Yourself

    Imagine what the deceased would have thought or felt about your letter. The aim of doing this is to imagine, the deceased wishing you the best and to live on your life fully and enjoy all those things that make you happy, even if they are no longer there.

    Once you have accepted this, you will forge a better future for yourself. Instead of moping around, crying over the death of your loved on, you will seek to live a better life, that would not have disappointed the deceased.

Writing is a great therapeutic tool that will enable you to get through your grief at your lowest moment in life.
Research has found that writing can greatly improve your physical and mental health. Do not limit yourself to writing at your moments of grief. Rather, make it a daily habit to ensure that you remain attune with yourself.

 

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