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Talk to the dead

Journaling is faster and more effective than consulting an Ouija board

Unresolved issues and worse, guilt, puts enormous stress on our bodies. 

And when we’ve lost a loved one (or maybe not so loved) we can feel either a small or large helping of stress.

According to Webmd.com 

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

You can take something:  a small pill or a large drink, but a better approach is to write it all out.  Talk to the dead in your journal.

  I remember family members who, instead of dealing with, or even acknowledging, the death of a loved one, they instead contracted painful cases of shingles, cancer, displayed emotional instability, were deeply depressed (needing to take some of those small pills) and manifested all sorts of issues that  contribute such joy to the holidays.  Therapy is fabulous and I recommend it.  But you can start out with journaling. – Talk to the dead.

Write out a dialogue starting with I feel so bad that you left me

You left too soon

You finally left too late

Appreciate them

Yell at them

Forgive then

Make it all about you and your process.

If you find that you are circling and circling around a certain theme or subject in your exploration that may the moment to find outside professional help.  But you have great notes to take to your first therapy session!

Indulge in the whole class on Journaling


Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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