Patient Prefer Adherence. 2010 Dec 6;4:425-31. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S14864.
The basic aim of this paper is to suggest a flexible and individualized writing program as a tool for use during the grief process of bereaved adults.
An open, qualitative approach following distinct steps was taken to gain a broad perspective on the grief and writing processes, as a platform for the writing program.
Following several systematic methodological steps, we arrived at suggestions for the initiation of a writing program and its structure and substance, with appropriate guidelines.
We believe that open and expressive writing, including free writing and focused writing, may have beneficial effects on a person experiencing grief. These writing forms may be undertaken and systematized through a writing program, with participation in a grief writing group and with diary writing, to achieve optimal results.
A structured writing program might be helpful in promoting thought activities and as a tool to increase the coherence and understanding of individuals in the grief process. Our suggested program may also be a valuable guide to future program development and research.
Community also changes us. We learn that we are not alone. We see ourselves reflected in another’s compassionate eyes. We hold for each other what we cannot reliably hang onto for ourselves.
Expressive writing may change the way you see the world. Writing communities have the power to deepen and accelerate the process of change.
(from “Your Brain on Ink”)