Diaries, grief and healing – through the eyes of a new book

Diaries, grief and healing – through the eyes of a new book

Diaries, grief and healing – through the eyes of a new book

grief-diaries-2016A vital element in healing from a mental health challenge is to know we are not alone. This is particularly so when experiencing an eating disorder, an illness which by its very nature encourages secrecy and promotes isolation. In seeking to heal from an eating disorder, it helps to know that others have felt like we are feeling and, to learn that they have healed, helps us believe we can heal, too. One of the best ways I know, for learning and discovering more about our illness and gaining inspiration to strengthen our true self, is through story-sharing.

You might think that a ‘Grief Diaries’ book, by its very title, will be essentially a morbid read. Wrong. Lynda Cheldelin Fell has created an amazing series,  through the narrative of diary writing, on some of the many ways grief can touch our lives. Each book, while being open, candid, raw and to the core, is equally  heartwarming, uplifting, courageous, comforting and motivating.

Lynda Cheldelin Fell, through bravely sharing her story, gives others permission to also share and reveal their stories …

I believe, through sharing our stories (about those inner secrets and thoughts that have kept true self a prisoner, often for decades) in a supportive environment provides a safe way to help break down the internal and external barriers of stigma and shame that frequently accompany mental health challenges.

For this reason I am delighted to be a co-author of, and contributor to, Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of An Eating Disorder.

June Alexander

About June Alexander

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As founder of Life Stories Diary my prime motivation is to connect with people who want to share their story. Why? Because your story is important. My goal with this blog is to provide a platform for you to share your story with others. Building on the accomplishments of The Diary Healer the Life Stories Diary blog will continue to be a voice for people who have experienced an eating disorder, trauma or other mental health challenge, and provide inspiration through the narrative, to live a full and meaningful life.

My nine books about eating disorders focus on learning through story-sharing. Prior to writing books, which include my memoir, I had a long career in print journalism. In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing), researching the usefulness of journaling and writing when recovering from an eating disorder or other traumatic experience.
Today I combine my writing expertise with life experience to help others self-heal. Clients receive mentoring in narrative techniques and guidance in memoir-writing. I also share my editing expertise with people who are writing their story and wish to prepare it to publication standard. I encourage everyone to write their story. Your story counts!
Contact me: Email june@junealexander.com and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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