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									Understanding Your Suicide Grief Journal
Understanding Your Grief

Author: Alan Wolfelt
Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Welcome: An Invitation to Open Your Heart

Touchstone One
Open to the Presence of Your Loss

Touchstone Two
Dispel the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning

Touchstone Three
Explore the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief

Touchstone Four
Explore Your Feelings of Loss

Touchstone Five
Recognize You Are Not Crazy

Touchstone Six
Understand the Six Needs of Mourning

Touchstone Seven
Nurture Yourself

Touchstone Eight
Reach Out for Help

Touchstone Nine
Seek Reconciliation, Not Resolution

Touchstone Ten
Appreciate Your Transformation

Continuing Your Journey
Description

With ample space to unburden the heart and the soul, this companion workbook helps grievers explore
the 10 essential touchstones for finding hope and healing. The exercises throughout the journal recall the
content of the book and ask corresponding questions about the survivor's unique grief journey.
Excerpt

Touchstone One
Open to the Presence of Your LossIN the companion test...We discussed the necessity of opening to the
presence of your loss. To heal in grief, you must honor—not avoid—the pain. One way to embrace the
pain while at the same time maintaining hope for the future is by setting your intention to heal. Even as
you embrace your pain and set your intention to heal, remember
that healing in grief does not happen quickly or efficiently. Also remember that the common perception of
“doing well” in grief is erroneous. To “do well” with your grief, you must not be strong and silent, but rather
mourn openly and honestly.As you were reading Understanding Your Suicide Grief, you discovered that
honoring your grief means “recognizing the value of” and “respecting” your grief. You learned that while it
is
not instinctive to view the grief that follows a death to suicide as something you want to honor, this death
requires that you mourn. You also learned that it is not self-destructive or harmful. It is self-sustaining and
life-giving!HONORING YOUR GRIEF
Describe any ways in which you have honored your grief. If you feel you have not been honoring your
grief, write about ways you could be doing so.
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____________________________________________________DOSING YOUR PAIN
The pain of your grief will keep trying to get your attention until you have the courage to gently, and in
small doses, embrace it.
How is the pain of your grief trying to get your attention? (See p. 27 of Understanding Your Suicide Grief
for a definition of dosing your pain.)
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____________________________________________________SOUL WORK AND SPIRIT WORK
You have learned that there is an important distinction between “soul work” and “spirit work.” In addition,
you now realize that “soul work” precedes “spirit work” on the path to integrating this loss into your life.
Where do you see yourself right now in this process that you are now aware you must...
Author Bio
Alan Wolfelt
Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is an internationally known teacher, a grief counselor, and the author of The
Journey Through Grief and The Understanding Your Grief Journal. He is director of the Center for Loss and
Life Transition and faculty member at the University of Colorado Medical School’s department of family
medicine. He is the “Children and Grief” columnist for Bereavement magazine and has appeared on The
Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and NBC’s Today. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.<br/>

								
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