If you’re like many people, you’ve stopped talking about your grief. When you’re met with well meaning, but utterly dismissive comments like “everything happens for a reason,” or “your person wouldn’t want you to be sad,” or even “that’s still bothering you?!” it’s just easier to not say anything at all.
The thing is, grief needs expression. The Writing Your Grief 30 day e-course gives you the space to tell the truth about what it’s like to be you, right here and now, without the need to sugarcoat it or censor yourself to protect other peoples’ feelings.
Writing Your Grief helps you explore common aspects of grief (like grief and memory, grief shame, and that deep loneliness that comes with grief). It’s not always easy. Grief hurts. You won’t find your grief suddenly resolved, but you will find the oddly comforting relief of having space to hear your own voice.
From the author of It’s OK that You’re Not OK, join the best-selling 30 day course that lets you tell the truth about your grief.
This self-guided course helps you tell the whole truth about grief. Saying it on the page – even if you can’t yet say it to the people in your life – is incredibly powerful.
Use the daily prompts to get to know your grief, listen for what you might need to feel supported or understood, bring your writing to your therapy sessions, use them to help you get started on that grief memoir you’ve been wanting to write - whatever you’d like.
Join more than 10,000 people who have explored their grief through the Writing Your Grief course.
“I wondered if I would be able to write at all about everything that had happened. I was concerned that I would be ripped apart (again) by reliving some of my grief. This course helped me so much I cannot even begin to list all the ways it assisted me. It freed me.”Chris G.
“It’s grief work that is actually motivating. I found the structure of writing prompts helped me face some of my fears and give them words. It's a wonderful place to be at any stage of grief. I found the writing course three years after my last son passed away. At a time when friends, family, and society encouraged me to move on, this course was perfect for me.”Teri M
“I wasn't sure what to expect, wasn't sure I'd be able to find the words to respond to the prompts, didn't think I'd have the stamina to continue writing almost every day for a month. But I thought - 'nothing else has really helped, so why not try?’ You know what I learned? That writing about my loss has the power to transform my experience of my grief. ”Sarah W
“This course helped me get one leg over the fence in dealing with my loss and giving myself permission to grieve. I feel a sense of relief now, and with all this sadness that surrounds me, writing took some pressure off. ”Jean H
“A million times, yes, I recommend this course. I still haven't written all the prompts (I have them all saved and will get to them when I feel ready), but the course allowed me to give myself permission to bite off only as much as I could chew. If you are looking for a course to help you explore your grief - this is it. ”Meagan G
“I wish I’d found Megan's 'Writing Your Grief' course earlier on. But I am grateful to have found it at all. ”Kerri T
“I am very grateful for the words I wrote. Before the course, I was trying to write because it’s a good outlet for me, but I felt very unfocused and not sure what I wanted or needed to write about. The course gave me direction in the fog of loss and let me center on one particular thing and really work it out. And in exchange, I was left with beautiful words that came from me and that very authentically represented what I was feeling. I am so grateful, I can't say it enough! ”Suzanne N
“#WritingYourGrief was a huge part of moving from actively mourning to living with loss. I'm only sorry it took me so long to find this outlet. If you are grieving, please go check this out. ”@ABDinAbsurdity
“YES - I recommend this course! You can be 100% yourself. Where else can you do that? I mean, seriously? You can say things you're not supposed to say (e.g. "people who haven't lost someone have it really easy"). You don't need to be a creative writer. If you are able to have conversations and type them out, that's all you need! ”Sara
“I've been singing the praises of the class to everyone I think that might benefit from it. This course pushes you to look at your grief from many different angles, and I feel that without some of those vantage points I wouldn't understand what my grief is and what it means to me as well as I do now. While I'm still fumbling around quite a bit and my grief still sneaks up on me, I feel better equipped to handle it on a day-to-day basis. Thank you so much Megan. This course was an amazing experience. ”Jenny S
Megan helms a consulting practice in Los Angeles and serves as an organizational consultant for the healthcare and human resources industries. She trains therapists, doctors, and other professionals on skillful ways to work with grief of any kind. Her work has appeared in GQ, Fortune magazine, Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, New York Times, Stanford University, on APM’s Marketplace, and in the PBS documentary, Speaking Grief.
Are the prompts all about death?
Many of the prompts in the Writing Your Grief course and the weekly prompt series relate to grief connected to death, but the prompts are widely applicable to other kinds of grief. When death is directly referenced, there’s often an additional direction for non-death grief. Most people are able to translate the prompts into something relevant to their own experience.
Is this like therapy?
While writing can be therapeutic, the Writing Your Grief course is not therapy, and should not be construed as such. Some people take their writing into their therapy sessions - that's a great way to use your writing.
My loss happened a long time ago. Am I too far “out” to join?
No one is too far out from their loss to begin writing. With a loss this big, “just happened” can mean 80 years ago as much as it means this morning.
I’m not a good writer. Does that matter?
You don’t have to identify as a writer to join this course. Everyone is welcome. (and we bet you’re a better writer than you think.)
Do I have to write every day?
That is entirely up to you. Every day for 30 days, you’ll receive a new writing prompt. Writing is a skill like any other: the more you commit to it, the stronger you get. That said, life does intrude sometimes. You can always go back and revisit a prompt if you miss a day.
I want to do the writing course, but I’m afraid of being immersed in all the pain. Won’t it just be ripping open the wound?
Engaging with your grief through writing can be painful. For a lot of people, this daily writing process is one of the few places they can tell the whole truth about their grief. So while it can be challenging at times, the process of writing helps grief feel a little more familiar and manageable. But it’s not always easy. You may find you need to take breaks, or skip a day, or bring your writing (or a prompt) into your therapy session or share it with a trusted, supportive friend.
I started this course, but I changed my mind. Can I get a refund?
Short answer: no. We offer no refunds for any courses, services, or downloads. Please take the time to read the course description and see if it’s a good match for you before you sign up. You’ll have access to the course indefinitely, so if you find that now isn’t the right time, you can revisit the prompts later.