“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
“At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Although writing about grief and loss can trigger strong emotions—you may cry or feel deeply upset—many people find journal writing valuable and meaningful, and report feeling better afterward. In the book Lessons of loss: A Guide to Coping Dr. Robert Niemeyer explains “Especially when losses are traumatic, they may be difficult to discuss or even disclose to another. And yet the psychological and physical burden of harboring painful memories without the release of sharing can prove far more destructive in the long run.”
In writing about our grief, we are truly able to let go. We are encouraged to write down all our feelings and why we’re feeling that way. We do not need to worry about grammar, we are focused on the heart and letting grief tell its truths to us for healing.
This course was developed to provide writing exercises on grief and is intended for individuals who are working through grief. This course may also include therapists, social workers, teachers, nurses, doctors, coaches, volunteers, and anyone else who would like to learn more about how to heal through grief writing.
Presenter: Nettie Reynolds
Dates: Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center,
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705
Cost: $30; box lunch included; Limited to 12
Nettie Reynolds (MDiv’17) is a published memoirist, playwright, and grief writer. She is in private practice as a grief chaplain - www.griefmatters.net , and has an M.Div. from Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary. She served over 2000 hours as a hospital chaplain in Austin and completed a Clinical Pastoral Residency education unit it Austin as well. Her storytelling/writing site is www.nettiereynolds.net .