Here are 10 affirmations from my book, 101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey, available from Amazon.

  • As I reconcile my losses, I give myself permission to say no to things I do not want to do.
  • Sorrow gives new—and surprising—meaning to my life.
  • When I think of sorrow, I think of it as a sacred experience and place.
  • Down days don’t defeat me; they are an opportunity to feel better tomorrow.
  • I have promises to keep to my deceased loved one, myself, and my life.
  • Despite the pain, the one-year anniversary of my loved one’s death proves I am a survivor.
  • I give myself permission to laugh and am refreshed by it.
  • Writing my grief story is a way to honor my life and loved one.
  • Words are powerful and I let the words I write empower me.
  • Each morning I awaken with a sense of purpose.


Harriet Hodgson

Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 38 years, is the author of 36 books, and thousands of print/Internet articles. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Minnesota Coalition for Grief Education and Support, and Grief Coalition of Southeastern Minnesota. In 2007 four of her family members died—her daughter (mother of her twin grandchildren), father-in-law, brother (and only sibling), and the twins’ father. Multiple losses shifted the focus of Hodgson’s work from general health to grief resolution and recovery, and she is the author of eight grief resources. Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of blog talk radio programs, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. In addition to writing for Open to Hope, Hodgson is a contributing writer for The Grief Toolbox website, and The Caregiver Space website. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, hospice, grief, and caregiving conferences. Hodgson’s work is cited in Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. For more information about this busy wife, grandmother, author and family caregiver, please visit

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