How HSPs Can Process Grief Safely

Going through grief is a terrible struggle for anyone, but as highly sensitive people those feelings run deeper and are more intense for us.

Dealing with a painful loss and the associated emotions can cripple us physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

Often, there are no words to adequately express how devastating the loss of someone you love can feel.

Many people choose to avoid facing grief as much as possible, thinking that it’ll just go away if they ignore or suppress it.

Grief can make us feel alone, even if we’re in the company of people.

We may feel that we cannot even deal with our own intense emotions, let alone interact with someone else.

It is grief’s nature to hold on to painful memories as if to torment us emotionally.

If we don’t have an outlet for all of these emotions, it can grow to be a destructive force in our life. We don’t need to get rid of grief completely, but we do need to sit with it for enough time until we find acceptance and heal.

When you feel in despair about your loss and feel grief in your heart, you need to turn to something to ease that pain

Other people may find ways to open up about their pain and are helped because talking it out is cathartic. But if you’re one of those who can’t turn to another person for support and to talk about how you feel, journaling can be just as effective.

Journaling only requires a pen and paper, or even a phone or laptop to write in.

By giving you a space to honor your emotions and pain, it’s as if you’re confiding in a trusted friend.

Although it might be difficult for you to open your heart and mind to the pages and spaces in front of you in the beginning, and even during the writing process, you’ll feel so much lighter afterward.

A journal is a safe space for you to write out your thoughts with no judgment. You are free to use it in any way you like. Write a poem or even abstract, associated thoughts.

The benefits of journaling during a time of grief and intense sorrow can be profound. Here are some of the ways journaling can help you.

Journaling Is A Very Simple But Effective Method Of Coping

All you need to start journaling is a pen and paper. No fancy stationery or fountain pens needed, just a clear space to write your heart and mind out. You can even use a mobile app if that suits you better.

If you would like a guided journal to help you get started, there’s a complimentary “Grief Journal” in our Free Samples collection. Please click HERE to grab your free Grief Journal.


First, you’ll have to decide to write about your pain, which requires you to confront your feelings before you write them down. Getting started is the hardest part.

Journaling Gives You A Judgment-Free Space To Express Your Grief

Many people may not trust other people enough to understand the grief they feel. Whether feeling this way is valid or not doesn’t matter. Also, other people can become averse to hearing us repeatedly share how sad or sorrowful we feel.

Either way, the bearer of grief or the person listening may not want to share in the negative emotions that come with grief such as anger, sadness, fear, or pain. Journaling gives you a judgment-free space to express your emotions whatever they may be. No holds barred, and no one else’s feelings need to be taken into account.

It Helps You Create Memories You Can Look Back On

You can journal your way out of a devastating experience. No matter how heartbreaking it currently feels, you have a record of that moment to look back on later, allowing you a chance to review and make sense of your grief in the future. It gives you the chance to rethink those episodes in your life, which might help you be able to heal faster and reframe the story from a different perspective.

Journaling Benefits Your Physical and Mental Health

Grief can be damaging if it is kept inside. Research tells us that grief has the power to increase inflammation and heighten stress, causing us to get sick physically by affecting our immune system, heart rate, and blood pressure. This can even result in fatal scenarios.

Through journal therapy, grieving individuals can experience catharsis and experience freedom from grief. It boosts wellbeing amidst difficult circumstances, clears the mind, and helps make you feel better, more relaxed, and able to sleep better as well.