Expressive Writing for Healing: Journal Your Way From Grief to Hope (Paperback)
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“We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.” —C. Day-Lewis
Writing is one of the oldest and most effective means of self-exploration, self-expression, and self-discovery. In this new guided journal, Mary Potter Kenyon offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and significance of loss and allows the griever to sort through all the conflicting emotions that arise after a death. By interweaving her own experiences of loss, the proven research behind writing as a method for healing, and blank pages with carefully chosen quotes, Kenyon gives readers space to express the feelings that are sometimes too painful to speak aloud.
About the Author
Mary Potter Kenyon works as Program Coordinator for Shalom Spirituality Center and is a public speaker, a workshop presenter, and a writing instructor. Mary is the author of five previous Familius titles, including the award-winning Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace, and is widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, including ten Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
"For more than 40 years, I’ve journaled almost daily. During the months just before and just after my wife’s death, journaling was the source of immense relief. As I read Expressive Writing for Healing, I realized I had faced many of the same struggles. It’s never over. But life does take on deeper meaning, and we emerge from our grief—different but stronger."
—CECIL MURPHEY, author and coauthor of 140 books, including 90 Minutes in Heaven with Don Piper, Dr. Ben Carson’s autobiography, Gifted Hands, and the gift books When Someone You Love Has Cancer, When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers, and Saying Good-bye with Gary Roe
"Mary Potter Kenyon has effectively shared the depths of her heart while gently guiding us through the pain and confusion of grief. As she tells her story, her words give us clear and strong motivation to journal our way through our own stories as we work toward healing. My husband died suddenly nearly twenty years ago, but Mary’s words reminded me of the timeless realities of grief that can only be communicated by someone who has been there. You’ll find comfort, hope, practical guidance, and inspiration here. I hope you’ll open your journal and start writing . . . "
—JUDY BRIZENDINE, author of Stunned By Grief and Stunned By Grief Journal
"Mary Potter Kenyon's Expressive Writing for Healing is a wonderful book and concept, serving as a road map for the bereaved with wide margins to record the reflections of the journey. Memories of our loved ones do not fade, but recollections of our journey may. This book allows you to document your journey in a meaningful way. William Wordsworth once said 'Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of emotions recollected in tranquility.' Expressive Writing for Healing allows us to do that: record the poetry from our grieving but hope-filled heart. This book is an inspirational tool for your grief tool box. "
—MITCH CARMODY, author of Letters to My Son and highly-sought after speaker for Compassionate Friends and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
"Beautifully written, warm, compassionate, and intensely practical, Expressive Writing for Healing was a delight to read and engage with. Mary does a wonderful job of combining her own personal grief experiences and the thoughts of others to guide the reader in expressing and moving through their pain. I only wish I had possessed such a resource during my times of loss."
—GARY ROE, grief counselor and award-winning author of numerous grief books, including Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child, Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse, and Please Be Patient, I'm Grieving
—JOCELYN GREEN, author of Free to Lean: Making Peace With Your Lopsided Life and Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
"This inspiring story of personal attempts to deal with grief in times of bereavement brings recognition that we each have our own pattern of mourning, and while weeping is one form of comfort, the support of friends and family is another necessary bolster. Solace can be kindled to assist in this journey toward hope by maintaining a writing journal for the purpose of uttering current sentiments, pulling in past memories, reflecting on impressions, recording book excerpts, and including a collage of inner emotions."
—Seattle Book Review