I want to tell you about this neat thing we’re doing over here in the Grief Revolution community. It’s called Love Letters, and it’s the coolest, sweetest, random act of love and magic that we’ve come up with so far – and I want you to be part of it.
Watch the video below to find out how it all got started, and how you can be part of the invisible force of love out there in the world, making things better for random strangers you won’t ever meet. Sound intriguing? Check out the video. It really is the neatest thing, and it’s easy to take part in this Grief Revolution love letter campaign.
Did you watch it? Because it’s a lot more fun when I get to personally tell you the story of how this campaign started, and why it matters.
The short description of our #griefloveletters campaign is that people (just like you!) buy a copy of my book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand, write an inscription or enclose a card with a message of compassion and support, tuck that love letter inside the book, and leave it in a public place where someone can find it.
When you leave a copy of the book with your card, you act as an invisible source of love for a stranger. Your love letter is like a message in a bottle, a gift sent out into the world for someone to find when they feel alone, sad, and misunderstood. Your gift can mean the difference between a terrible day, and a day stitched with beauty.
Would you help me create these invisible-visible acts of love? Would you become part of this unseen community, this secret team, working together to bring about the grief revolution, helping people feel seen, heard, and understood? Would you leave a book somewhere with a love note for someone who needs it?
Together, we can change the world.
I take love very seriously, team. Our Love letters campaign is a way for you to be a point of love and support out in the wider world. With your rogue love letters, you can help get this book out to people in need of companionship and validation – whether they’re struggling with grief, or they’re trying to support someone who is.
Working together, we can make things better, even when we can’t make things right. Together, we can change the world, a little bit, for one person at a time.
It’s easy to join this mission and start leaving your love letters for people to find:
Get your hands on a copy of the book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK (find links to several booksellers here). Then write your note, stick it inside the book, and scout out a good location to leave your stealth gift. Some places other Revolution members have left books include those little free libraries some cities have, bus stop shelters, park benches, coffee shops, and restaurant bathrooms. Be creative! Once you find your spot, set your book in place, then take a quick photo so we can all see your awesome handiwork. Be sure to post it to your social media channels with the hashtags #griefloveletters #itsokthatyourenotok #refugeingrief and #leaveabook so we can find you. You can also encourage your eventual recipient to post a photo on social media (be sure to tag @refugeingrief) so we can hear the story of how the book was found.
Want a card to get you started?
Click here for a free downloadable & printable love letter from Sounds True!
And that’s it! You did it. Your act of love is out in the world.
Someone is going to find that book. Someone who needs it. Maybe someone like you. Someone who knows that there is no quick fix for all the ways our hearts get broken in this world. Someone who really wants to learn how to support the people they love. Someone who needs companionship and acknowledgment for what they are asked to live. Remember to use the hashtags #griefloveletters #itsokthatyourenotok #refugeingrief and #leaveabook so we can see your great work! We’ll repost, retweet, and share your images on the Refuge in Grief social media channels.
There’s so much pain in this world, friends. It can feel overwhelming. But with this book, and your hearts – your actions – we can make this world better, one person at a time.
And one last note – gifting random strangers with this book and your love letters can be addictive! If you want to do this on a larger scale, or get a group of people together to fan out across your communities, get in touch directly with Sounds True. Their sales department is part of our secret love letters team, and they’ll tell you everything you need to know about discounts for bulk orders of the book.
Thanks for joining the team, friends. I’m really glad you’re here. I can’t do this grief revolution without you.
Now go out there and leave a love letter. I can’t wait to see what we create – together.