If my grief is constantly met with platitudes or judgment, why should I bother telling anyone the truth?I wish just one person would let me say how I really feel.
Maybe I really am crazy. No one else seems to be having a hard time with their grief. I wish there was some way to know if this is normal.
You’re not alone.
If you’re like many people, you’ve stopped talking about your grief. There are only so many times you can be told that everything happens for a reason before you decide to just stay quiet.
The thing is, pain, like love, needs expression. Whether the people in your life want to hear it or not, you have truth that needs to be told. Spoken. Heard.
Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death, or from some of the many other losses we sustain in this life, the Writing Your Grief course is for you. We all need places where we can speak what’s true, without fear of correction, judgement, or false comfort. Acknowledgment of the truth is a relief – and it heals something in us.
Your grief has an intelligence all its own.
Let it tell you what it knows.
Each day over the course of 30 days, you’ll receive an email with a writing prompt encouraging you to explore an aspect of your grief. The prompts aren’t like the typical “tell me about the funeral” prompts – they’re deeper, more complex, and designed to bring you to new and unusual vantage points.
You can share your writing, and your experience of writing, with all of this session’s participants in your private facebook group. The group is a safe, respectful, beautiful place – it’s where you’ll find connection, even in your deepest pain. Megan and her team are your guides, but the group itself is where the real magic lies. This is peer support as it should be: awesome.
When the course ends, you’ll have access to the wider WYG alumni group. It’s one of the safest, most fiercely loving and supportive places you’ll find. Writers become family inside that community. There’s always someone available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the horrible holiday seasons and the ordinary everydays.
There’s a reason why Writing Your Grief students stick together through their first course and through their years inside the ongoing community: writing your truth amidst a supportive, loving community is powerful. It doesn’t fix anything, but it does shift it somehow. You’ll find your normal sense of isolation dropping away as you connect with others through your words. Grieving folks are different. The community you build lasts a lifetime, and it’s unlike the “outside” world.
The Writing Your Grief 30 day e-course allows you to find support for things you never thought possible.
This course gives you a way to engage with your heart and your grief on a daily basis, helping you listen for your own story within your pain. It’s not always easy. Grief hurts. You won’t find your grief suddenly resolved, but you will find the oddly comforting relief of being allowed to tell the truth.
You’ll also find a rare community of people who listen without flinching, without offering advice, without correcting you out of your grief. That part? It’s magical. It begins in your first 30 day course, and continues long after the last prompt. The WYG alumni community is always there to listen.
That freedom of being exactly who you are, where you are, without argument or cheerleading, is healing in and of itself. Acknowledgment, connection, creation: find your voice, find your people. Come write with us.
What kinds of losses can I write about?
- deaths of anyone important to you: spouses, parents, siblings, children, partners, friends, family members
- miscarriage, still-birth, genetic differences, birth defects and birth-story outcomes tied to loss
- accidents, illnesses, & other life-altering changes
- suicide, overdose, violent crime, and other deaths considered “taboo”
- any loss you identify as being deeply part of you – especially if it’s never been acknowledged
Through this course, you will:
- learn about yourself, your losses, and how to care for yourself inside your pain
- decrease your loneliness and feelings of isolation
- feel supported, encouraged, and inspired
- increase your ability to treat yourself – and others – with kindness and compassion
- find more peace-of-being around what hurts (which is far different than “moving on”)
- connect with your true writing voice
- engage deeply, and creatively, with your grief
- make new, and lasting, connections with our family of grievers and writers
- have access to special courses and events open only to WYG alumni
- Megan’s team of trained facilitators are in the course with you, reading and connecting. You’ll hear from Megan in your daily prompt, and in daily posts inside the facebook group.
- though peer support and connection is a huge part of this course, you won’t be required to connect! (though we hope you do!)
- while writing in community can be therapeutic, the course itself is not therapy, and should not be considered such.
- there is no requirement to write, share, or connect with others, but as with all things, you’ll get more out of the course the more you participate.
- If you have a question that hasn’t yet been answered, be sure to check out the FAQ (click the pink link below)
Because Megan writes largely about grief related to death, yes: many of the prompts relate to that kind of grief. That said, many people come into the course carrying other kinds of grief. If you identify as experiencing loss, you are welcome here. Most people are able to translate the prompts into something relevant to their own experience.
Each session tends to have between 75 to 100 people, split between several groups. This means that Megan can’t give personal attention to everyone, every day. It’s simply not logistically possible. Megan gives direction and encouragement, to each group as a whole, every day throughout the course. Trained facilitators – who have gone through the course themselves – assist in personally reading and responding to your writing. Your fellow writers are also a big part of this process. While Megan acts as your guide, the real magic of this course lies in the community that’s created.
Nope. While writing, and being witnessed in your truth, can be both therapeutic and healing, the course is not group therapy. Megan’s relationship with you in the course is as your guide, not a clinician. Many people bring their writings into their own personal therapy sessions with their own providers. That’s a great way to get support. This course is not, and should not be, construed as therapy.
No one is too far out from their loss to join. If you have grief to write from, you are welcome here. With a loss this big, “just happened” can mean 80 years ago as much as it means this morning.
You don’t have to identify as a writer to join this course. Everyone is welcome. (and I bet you’re a better writer than you think.)
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.
They’re your words. Write whatever you need to.
I want to do the writing course, but I’m totally afraid of being re-immersed in all the pain. Won’t it just be ripping open the wound?
Entering your grief is painful: true. And writing your pain, diving into it with respect and gentleness, changes the pain in some ways. Here’s what one participant wants you to know: “When given the privilege of bearing witness to other’s grief and pain, your own pain gradually loses its power over you. It doesn’t disappear, but rather than bearing down on you, it begins to stand next to you. The prompts urged me to explore my pain, and it sometimes felt very crappy… but at the end of the day (when I chose to write), I knew I would not be in my pain alone. I was sharing it with others that knew of what I spoke. I didn’t have to make excuses, I was given permission to feel and write whatever I wanted to. And when my last word was typed, I simply felt “better.” Simply, what I learned: my pain did not have to control me, I could have some control over it.”
The course gives you sparks for your own writing, whether in your private journal or in our private fb group. It’s prompt-driven, which means that every day for 30 days, you’ll get a new prompt by email. As a member of this session, you have opportunities with other writers in the course: share your work, get feedback (on craft, not content), and give encouragement. So, in a nutshell: the course gives more opportunity for connection with other writers & grievers, and the prompts can send your writing in interesting new directions.
Officially, no. The community that forms in each session is housed on a private facebook page. If you want to participate with the group, then yes: you do need a fb account for that. Some people create a facebook account with an alias. That’s fine too. You can also write from the prompts or lessons on your own without being part of the group, and hence, not need fb at all.
As a confirmed non-group person, I can tell you that this group is significantly better than most. For one thing, there’s no forced intimacy: you connect as you wish. There’s no superficial cheerleading in this group; no one is going to challenge your truth or try to talk you out of it. You won’t get any advice either. Just acknowledgement, space, and connection – as much or as little as you’d like. Some people aren’t comfortable posting their writing, but they do take comfort and strength from reading others’ words.
I’m concerned about sharing my writing in the group. Will people be able to share my writing outside of the group?
Anything you share with the private Facebook group stays within the group. Because the group is private, nothing can be shared elsewhere on fb. I also take confidentiality very seriously: you cannot write freely if you’re worried about who might read it. What is shared in our group stays in our group. There will be more on this when the course opens.
The connection with other writers and grievers through our private facebook group is an important part of this e-course. To keep the space encouraging and helpful, feedback will focus on the craft of what’s written, not the content. We are not here to correct each other, or to give advice. We all get plenty of that elsewhere! Once the course opens, there will be a detailed post to open our group, giving examples of feedback vs. advice.
Yes! Maybe. You’ll be part of the group whether or not you write, or share your writing, on the first day. However, because of the community-building aspect of the course, I do recommend you wait for the next session if you’ll be more than a few days late in starting.
The community that gets created during this course is like no other; it’s the real jewel inside Writing Your Grief. Most people love to stay connected inside the free Writing Your Grief alumni group – it’s where writers from all the past sessions of the course hang out as one big family. WYG alumni are the first ones to hear about new programs and events. And there are two writing course series that build on the original, so there are more ways to keep writing. You’ll get all of the information once you register.
Yes! Groups tend to have people from all around the world, and you can post your writing whenever you’d like.
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 at this time before you sign up.
Important note: if you identify as carrying loss, you are welcome in this course. Because my work is largely focused on grief related to death, course content is largely death-related. Most students are able to translate the prompts into their own grief experience.
Join our community of grievers and writers.
Class size is limited, so get your spot now.
The 30 day Writing Your Grief course is available for $165.
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Access matters. We give scholarship spots to those who can’t afford the course costs. We get far, far more requests for scholarships than we can accomodate (hundreds per month!). If you’re able, we’d love to have your help! You can make a donation in any amount, either for WYG scholarships, or to help Sounds True and I donate copies of the book to communities in need. Just make a note on the receipt when you make your donation. Click this button to help those struggling get the help they need:
Here’s proof that the Writing Your Grief course is an experience unlike any other.
We’ve heard from Writing Your Grief students who started feeling more understood, less alone, and more validated than they’d felt since their grief began.
How it works for you depends on how much you choose to share and participate, but here’s what some of our students want you to know:
Michele Dwyer, RN
I began to write for me, not for others. Very liberating. I became published, and was supported in having it done. I highly recommend this course. It is safe, it is compassionate, there is never any pressure to perform. It is one of the best support systems I found in my search for relief. I was given a platform, I was witnessed, I was not a freak. I learned about my grief, I learned about me.
Mark Liebenow 2
Chris G. 2
Jody Bradley 6
Let’s sum it all up:
Without over-stating it, the Writing Your grief course has helped 1000s of people survive their early days of grief and beyond. It’s more than a simple writing course. It’s a community. It’s a lifeline.
I’ve talked a lot about the actual Writing Your Grief course. Those 30 days of prompts are magical. But the real awesome? That comes with the WYG alumni community. I’ve watched that community grow for several years now, and they’re the kindest, most fiercely supportive people I’ve ever met.
I want that kind of support for you.
Once you’ve come through the original Writing Your Grief course, you have access to the alumni community. There’s always someone available, 24/7. No advice. No platitudes. No one is going to tell you to cheer up or move on. Just love and companionship, for whatever is on your heart and mind.
The community you’re about to join won’t fix your grief (not even close) but it will help you find ways to live inside your grief with as much skill, grace, and kindness-to-self as you can.
There’s simply no other grief-focused writing course that will be as supportive – and encouraging – of the truth of your grief as you see it.
My goal is to help you feel heard and companioned inside your grief.
If you’re still reading, you owe it to yourself to recognize how much you long to tell the truth about your loss, without being made to cover it up, or make it more comfortable for somebody else. I want you to have a safe space to tell the truth – the whole truth – about your grief. I want you to have that experience. Acknowledgment truly is the best medicine we have.
That’s why my goal is to help you feel heard and companioned inside your grief.
You’ll write, every day, with a group of people dedicated to following their hearts, speaking their minds, and honoring their losses. With prompts from me, guidance from my team of facilitators, and the words of your fellow writers, you’ll create a community of writers and grievers working together and supporting each other.
Something shifts when you’re allowed to explore your grief in this way. It won’t fix anything. But it can change everything.
For everything you’ve had to live – you deserve a place to be heard. Please join us. We’ve got room for you.
Registration is open now.
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This session begins on May 6. We fill up fast so get your spot now.
The 30 day Writing Your Grief course is available for $165.
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(the option to add a phone call with Megan to your course will return, stay tuned)
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Access matters. We give several scholarship spots per session to those who can’t afford the course costs. We receive far more requests than we can accomdate, which means we turn a LOT of people away. If you’re able, we’d love to have your help! You can make a donation in any amount, either for WYG scholarships, or to help Sounds True and I donate copies of the book to communities in need. Just make a note on the receipt when you make your donation. Click this button to help those struggling get the help they need:
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