A note about COVID-19:
In these intense times, your own personal grief may have taken a backseat. As a result, friends and family are suddenly less available than they used to be, and stresses of home make it hard to find a moment for yourself. The thing is, your grief hasn’t gone away. If you’re feeling like you just need someone to understand that your grief is still here, pandemic or no, consider joining this session. It’s focused on YOU, wherever you need to be.
I’m sick of hearing they’re in a better place. I’m tired of hearing this happened for a reason. My grief is constantly met with empty words or judgment, so why should I bother telling anyone the truth? I wish just one person would listen to how I really feel.
You’re not alone.
You’ve found a place where your grief is entirely welcome – and you won’t hear a single platitude.
If you’re like many people, you’ve stopped talking about your grief. There are only so many inspirational quotes about death you can accept from friends 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 shared. Written. Heard.
Whether the grief you carry is from a death or another of the many other losses we sustain in life, the Writing Your Grief course is for you. Come share what’s true for you without fear of correction, judgement, or false comfort. Acknowledgment of the truth is a relief – and it heals something in us.
Writing won’t erase your grief.
But it will help you honor it.
Each day of the 30-day course, you’ll receive an email with a writing prompt encouraging you to explore an aspect of your grief. The prompts aren’t typical “tell me about the funeral” prompts – they’re deeper, more complex, and designed to bring you to new and unexpected vantage points.
Every session includes unlimited access to a private Facebook group where you can share your writing with other participants. Much more than a standard grief support group, it is a safe, respectful, beautiful place where you’ll find connection, even in your deepest pain.
Grief doesn’t need to be overcome,
It should be understood.
Meet people who get it.
Megan Devine’s expertly trained facilitators help you learn how to express your grief in writing, but the online group itself is where the real magic lies. This is peer support as it should be: awesome. There is no requirement to write, share, or connect with others; but you’ll get more out of the course the more you participate.
After the course ends, you’ll have online 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 space.
The Writing Your Grief 30 day e-course allows you to get the kind of grief support you never thought possible.
There’s always someone available for support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through horrible holiday seasons and ordinary days. Our grief community has your back in ways the outside world often doesn’t.
Chris G. 2
Jody Bradley 6
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
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kinds of losses can I write about?
Any loss you identify as being deeply part of you – especially if it’s never been acknowledged. This may include:
- Deaths of anyone important to you: spouses, parents, siblings, children, partners, friends, family members
- Miscarriage, stillbirth, genetic differences, congenital anomalies, and birth story outcomes tied to loss
- Accidents, sudden death, illnesses, & other life-altering changes
- Suicide, overdose, violent crime, and other deaths with extra challenges
What should I expect during the course?
Throughout the course, 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 Megan, guidance from our program director and team of facilitators, and the words of your fellow writers, you’ll join a community of writers and grievers working together and supporting each other.
Is the Writing Your Grief e-course a substitute for therapy?
No, it isn’t. While writing with a community can be therapeutic, the course itself is not therapy, and should not be considered such. Facilitators do not provide advice or therapy.
Do you offer refunds?
We do not offer refunds for any service, class, or digital product. Grief course registration cannot be transferred to another session (that means if you start it, but find you’re too busy, you can’t move to another session). Not sure or have questions about the course, audiobook, or other services? Please contact the support team before you hit that “buy now” button. Purchase mindfully.
Do you offer scholarships?
We give several scholarship spots per session to those who can’t afford the course costs. We receive far more requests than we can accommodate, 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 Megan donate copies of It’s OK That You’re Not OK to communities in need. Just make a note on the receipt when you make your donation.
If you have a question that hasn’t yet been answered, be sure to check out the FAQ (click the pink link below). Most importantly, we want this course to be a good match for you, so please read the FAQ.
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.
You’ll see Megan in the daily prompt, but not in your private group. 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. Our program director 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 and her teams act 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. The team’s relationship with you in the course is as your guides, not therapists. 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 we 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 team of confirmed non-group people, we 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. We 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, we 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.
For everything you’ve had to live – you deserve a place to be heard. Please join us. We’ve got room for you.
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The 30-day Writing Your Grief course is available for $165 usd.
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