The death of a loved one can throw our lives into intense emotional turmoil, causing us to experience a devastating upheaval that is emotionally draining, overwhelming, and confusing. What was once our sense of comfort, stability, and support is no longer. Coming to terms with this circumstance and the grief it brings with it, is difficult, to say the least. Not only must we navigate through emotions not shared, stories unheard, and things left unsaid, many of us will attempt to find closure where there may be none. One way of helping us cope through death is by writing out our grief in the form of letters to the deceased. While it may bring strong intense emotions that at first are hard to handle, if you stick with it, it can have therapeutic benefits by allowing you to share, say, and express your grief through conversation.
In this article, we will take a look at how processing grief through letters can benefit you. We will provide tips on how to actually go about writing a letter and provide you with a sample letter. We will also provide you with prompts for what you can say and ideas on what to include during the writing process. Finally, we will round out with how to participate in the burning ritual for when you feel it is time to truly let go.