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  • Writer's pictureBrandilyn Hallcroft

A Journey of Healing: Turning Personal Loss into Empowerment


Healing Journals

In 2020, the pandemic swept the globe, leaving many of us isolated and grappling with unprecedented challenges. For me, it marked the start of a deeply personal journey. In June of that year, my grandmother passed away, a profound loss that shook me to my core. She was someone I was incredibly close to, and her passing triggered a period of deep introspection and healing.


Amid this emotional turmoil, I began to confront my past trauma. Struggling with limited financial resources and lacking access to therapy, I turned to psychology videos, books, and journaling as my sources of support. I started with a gratitude journal, which I wrote daily, then one for grief and another for my daily progress, each serving as a tool for reflection and growth.


Through this process, I slowly began to unravel the layers of trauma I had carried for so long. I learned to reframe my thoughts, accept my past, and let go of the shame and guilt that no longer served me. It was a challenging journey that ultimately led to intense personal growth and healing.


Prompt Journals

About a year later, in September 2021, I shared my idea of creating healing journals with my father. His unexpected passing in January 2022 from taking his own life was a devastating blow. It put my journal project on hold as I grappled with the loss of the first person I had shared my dream with. That year was one of the hardest of my life, filled with sadness, anger, confusion, and a deep sense of loss.


However, the idea of creating journals to help others through their healing journeys never left me. Towards the end of 2022, I found the strength to resume work on the journals with my best friend's support and therapist's encouragement. I channeled my grief and emotions into the project, dedicating one of the journals, "Grief," to my father. It was an intensely personal process that allowed me to continue my healing journey while helping others.


In January 2024, after finalizing the edits, I self-published the journals on Amazon. Each journal—Healing, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Dream, Forgiveness, Shadow Work, Gratitude, Tarot, and Grief—reflects a different aspect of the healing process. They are not just journals but tools designed to guide others through their journeys of healing and self-discovery.


This website, JournalstoHealing.com, is a testament to this journey that continues with plans for additional journals addressing other challenges, and I recently added this blog. I've learned that healing is not about erasing emotions but learning to navigate them healthily. It's about acquiring the coping skills to overcome life's challenges with grace and acceptance. And it's about sharing these tools with others so they can embark on their journeys to healing and wholeness. I hope they will serve as helpful tools for others to use on their journey to healing.


This is just the beginning. A healing journey never ends; it’s a lifetime commitment to living a happy and fulfilled life through acceptance of past experiences that mold each of us into who we are today. #healingjourney #personalgrowth #traumarecovery #journaling #mentalhealth


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