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Journaling as a Practice for Living and Dying by Karen Wyatt

Updated: Apr 18

Why everyone should keep a journal!


Download the Journaling Starter Kit at tinyurl.com/startjournal


In this episode I share my thoughts on my own journaling practice and how it has changed my life. I also relate a story of a woman who kept a “hospice journal” during her last days of life. You’ll find plenty of reasons to start your own journaling practice and you can download the Journaling Starter Kit below if you are interested!


I have been journaling for much of my life and have found it to be very beneficial in many ways. So I wanted to share this message to encourage everyone to give journaling a try and find out for yourself how it can help you. Here are some of the benefits I’ve received:

  • Creates discipline and a routine for my day

  • Helps me ventilate my emotions

  • Organizes my thoughts

  • Allows to analyze and process my judgments toward other people

  • Shows me another perspective and reveals my higher wisdom

Studies have shown that journaling has health benefits for people with chronic illnesses like asthma and arthritis and also for those with terminal illnesses like HIV/AIDS and cancer. I believe that keeping a “Hospice Journal” as Julie did can help terminal patients cope with a range of vacillating emotions as death approaches, discern what really matters in life, and leave behind a legacy for loved ones to cherish.


Journaling has also been shown to improve immune function and alleviate stress. Men seem to benefit from journaling even more than women and writing a journal by hand is more beneficial than typing on a keyboard. If you want to try journaling for yourself get the Journaling Starter Kit and see where it takes you! Download the Starter Kit here! tinyurl.com/startjournal Listen to this episode:



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