Writing letters to Pushkin provided me with a new way to spend some time with him; and it was an opportunity to acknowledge and sort through thoughts and emotions that surfaced during my initial grieving process.
It may seem an impossible to task to write a brief letter that says it all (remember, I wrote 47 of them!), but here are a few questions to consider:
- What kinds of emotions are you feeling now?
- What is your most joyful memory of your deceased loved one/companion animal?
- What little quirk or habit do you miss most about him/her?
- What was one important lesson you learned from him/her that made you a better person?
suggestion: I found it useful to stay focused on the idea that I was writing to my loved one, which makes this different from writing a personal journal entry. In doing so, I was motivated to write about my emotions honestly without dwelling on sad or depressing thoughts for the entire letter.Write your letter now