The Baby Loss and Grief Journal has been created to help grieving parents navigate their thoughts, feelings and complex emotions through writing. I personally have found writing to be a huge channel for my own grief. I therefore wanted to gift this form of therapy to others.
All content is my own thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experience from my own journey of baby loss. This post may contain affiliate links, please see the Copyright and Disclosures page for more information.
The journal contains writing prompts which allow you to begin the process of writing. I often sit down not knowing what to write, yet I know there is so much I want to express. It usually only takes a word, or to read a quote, or to listen to a song, for my own words to begin to flow. Then I sit in wonder at the thoughts and feelings that have appeared before me. Often not realising that they are circulating my busy mind.
Your Journal your way
Writing isn’t the only way you can express your emotions within the journal. Drawing, sketching, painting, random words, doodling, patterns or colours. Whatever works for you. I wanted to create a space that you can be free to express yourself in any way that you wish. There is no structure, just take the prompts in the order that you feel is right for you. It doesn’t have to be directly into the journal either, it can be in whatever form you feel most at ease with. This could be in a notebook, typed, at an easel or spoken out loud. However you want it to be.
The journal can also be used with your partner. It can be used as a tool to open difficult and emotional conversations:
- By talking through each prompt together
- Writing the journal separately then coming together to share your thoughts and feelings
- Writing in the journal separately then reading each others entries alone
- Filling in the journal together
- A combination of the above.
Remember the journal is yours. You use it how it works for you. Or how it works for you and your partner.
Writing and reading has been one of the biggest outlets for my grief. I hope that my journal will give you the space and encouragement to try and use writing to explore your emotions. But to also give you a safe space to share your baby and your own journey without boundaries and constraints.
I would love to hear any feedback that you have about the Baby Loss and Grief Journal. I am always open to new ideas to help other baby loss families.
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IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:
Arc – Antenatal results and choices.
Petals – The Baby Loss Counselling Charity.
Tommy’s – Baby Charity – Together, for every baby.
Sands – Stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Baby Loss Support Links – A dedicated page I have put together of a range of support links.
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