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Grief Composting

Grief Composting

Step 1: Using large pieces of acid free, biodegradable paper, write and draw-out in crayon what happened that still feels painful or unresolved with regard to your loss; include any feelings and thoughts about “the story” no matter how messy or unpleasant or unkind.  
Step 2: Rip the paper into tiny, tiny pieces; place the pieces in a bowl and burn them. Then throw away the ashes.
Step 3: Write and draw “love” stories about the individual who has died. Express what that person meant to you, the beauty they brought to your life, what you will miss about them, and anything else that needed to be said. 
Step 4: Read the stories out loud to a concerned listener or loving other, if you so choose.
Step 5: Compost the stories by tearing them into small pieces of paper; place the pieces in a decorative container – like a flower pot. 
Step 6: In spring, mix the torn paper with soil; this is now compost for your garden. In the area where you place the compost, plant flowers you feel your loved one would like. 

To learn more about grief composting, visit the Remembering A Life Blog:  Grief Composting by Elizabeth Lewis.