This practice combines the logical side of our minds with our imagination to cope with life’s transitions.
First, choose the name of someone (pets included) that is no longer a part of your life. This could be
due to life leading you in different directions or it could be a loved one you lost. We are going to honor how they helped shape who we are today by making an acrostic poem with their name.
Here’s my example, I chose my Mom’s name (Joan Elizabeth):
No longer here, together
Every time I hear the call of the cardinal
Life continues to move your love through me
In time, the pain of losing you has softened
Zillions of stars shaped into constellations
Always reminds me of how you would name them for me
Beautiful Orion holding up the sky
Eternally watching over me
To know I am loved
Hoping you see me, wherever you are
Don’t overthink, or judge. Just let it flow through you.
The next step is to pick a word which represents a trait or gift they bestowed on you. Write an acrostic on how this gift has enhanced your life.
Endings are hard but they always leave us altered in kind and beautiful ways.
I chose the word ‘humor’ because laughing with my mom in the past is exactly like how much I laugh with my boys in the present.
However many times
Makes my shoulders shake with levity
Our shared love of the absurd
Reaches across time and keeps us connected, forever
Remember, we aren’t trying to make a perfect poem. The process is meant to help bring love into our awareness and help us move through loss.
It’s helpful to use a thesaurus to generate ideas and do searches when you are stuck. For instance I Googled ‘words that start with Z’ when I got stuck on my first acrostic.
If this feels too much beyond your comfort zone, try journaling instead. Write down five things about your loved one you admire or miss the most. Then, write a sentence or two on how they enhanced your life in a lasting way.
Go lightly with this one.
Whatever you create will be exactly right for you in this moment.
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