The Heart of Grief Relief Journal


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The national award winner, The Heart of Grief Relief Journal, is a journal, a book, an inspiration, a resource guide all rolled into one. Journaling is an invaluable healing tool and it was one tool Richard used in his grief healing process.  This journal will help you let go of grief in the lightly lined pages. Each page has a quote to help you along the way. This beautiful journal is designed to ease your passage through grief, help you heal your heart, by offering gentle wisdom to urge you forward. Each one of the 173 lightly-lined pages contains an inspiring quote for your personal reflection. Also, several articles gleaned from the author’s own grief experience offer invaluable tips to help. Countless studies prove the profound healing that journaling offers. After the loss of his wife, Richard was helped by writing down his feelings, emotions, and experiences in his journal. He encourages you to use this simple yet profound tool to aid your healing grief process. The Heart of Grief Relief Journal is unique, nothing in print offers such a wide-range of profound help for anyone who is bereaved.


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The Heart of Grief Relief Journal, is a place to help you heal by writing your thoughts, fears, feelings, angers and regrets down on each journal page. These pages are your private sanctuary, an invaluable sounding board, and a truly safe place to express the nearly inexpressible. These are your pages, for your words, for your feelings and emotions that need to be expressed. Healing almost assuredly will follow.

More than a journal…

In addition to the journal pages, this unique book offers articles of wisdom and insights to help you get through your devastating loss. Grief and loss are examined from every angle and your written words are intended to help reduce your level of suffering and get the grief relief you so deserve. You’ll find insight on coping with death, as well as the value of hospice for you after your loved one has passed. Other articles focus on the value of journaling as well as how to get through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s and Father’s Day. We are reminded that death is a universal reality without equivocation.

A treasure trove of quotes about grief and healing

The pages of the journal have quotes on the subject of grief by the famous and the not-so-famous. Quotes from Marcus Aurelius to Martin Luther King Jr. add a dimension and depth to the journal. The quotes run a broad spectrum of wisdom derived from Eskimo legend, Chinese, Swedish, Jewish and Turkish writings, The Bhagavad-Gita and the Holy Bible. You will find encouragement with words from individuals like Helen Keller, Richard Bach, General George S. Patton, Jr., Kahlil Gibran, Winston Churchill, Oprah Winfrey, Shakespeare, Mother Teresa and an array of authors who words are here to soothe and encourage you. Here are some sample quotes that are liberally sprinkled throughout the journal:

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.” — William Shakespeare

“He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.” —Turkish Proverb

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.” — Rita Mae Brown

“To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.” — Erich Fromm

“If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. ” — Moliere

Nothing quite like this journal is available anywhere. We have put this volume together incorporating those elements that appear to be most meaningful in the healing grief process. We offer it to you with the expectation that you will find solace and healing in its pages. In the back of the journal you will find a resources page that gives you contact information regarding the most helpful grief resources available. We encourage you to contact any or all according to your desire. Help is there for you in many forms.

What the Experts Say

“Richard Ballo provides a long-needed and powerfully therapeutic tool created not only to ease one’s grief, but in addition, to allow the reader to actively participate in the process of re-contextualizing his or her loss. The Heart of Grief Relief Journal provides the difficult answers to the questions that exist at the very core of the human experience.”

— David Perlmutter, MD, FACNAuthor, Power up Your Brain – The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

“Richard Ballo’s Heart of Grief Relief Journal is a book for real life. A life full of loves and full of losses, that sometimes cause us profound grief. Many years ago I lost a love and found that I was talking constantly when I was alone – to myself, to my dog, to my love who was not there – to somehow try to talk my way through my grief. I guess I thought if I could keep talking through it, I would somehow get through it. I am a word person by nature – so forming thoughts and feelings into reading, writing and conversing mean more to me than pictures or numbers. When I open this journal, the words of those who know my grief, like Rich Ballo, speak to me. Let them speak to you. From their words…form your words… speak your grief, your memories, your despair and your love. And most hopefully, this journal will help you, speak your peace.”

— Karen Rollins, President & CEO, Avow Hospice, Naples, Florida

“Having many years of funeral service as a funeral director and owner, I can directly comprehend the need and value of a grieving person to journal their thoughts and feelings. This expression can facilitate the grieving process where one can begin to believe in their new journey.”

— Juliana Berring Fuller, former owner and funeral director, Fuller Funeral Homes


About the Author

Richard Ballo is an author and national speaker on grief and healing. He brings this journal and healing resource to you because he found writing was a valuable tool for himself. After his experience through grief and what worked for him, he designed this journal as a way to give others a way to express their grief.

Book Details

The interior journal pages are acid free. The ink is soy based and acid free as well. Both paper and ink are archival in nature. Either pen or pencil can be used and neither will fade over time. The paper stocks used are 30% PCW (Post-Consumer Waste). The Heart of Grief Relief Journal features a perfect binding with a lay-flat feature which facilitates journal entries.

Author: Richard Ballo

Publisher: Tolman Main Press

Editor: Ruby Slippers, Inc.

Design: Aldrich Design, Inc.

Format: Paperback: 220 pages, dimensions: 8×10

Retail Price: $22.95

4 reviews for The Heart of Grief Relief Journal

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diana Jacks, Ph.D., author of the award-winning book, Here to There, Grief to Peace

    “When a friend suffers a death in the family, one often doesn’t quite know what to do for them. Rich Ballo’s new book is more than a journal; it is replete with practical ideas to cope with death of a loved one, drawn from his own grief experience. This book would make a gentle gift for a survivor on their grief journey.” — Diana Jacks, Ph.D., author of the award-winning book, Here to There, Grief to Peace

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karla Wheeler, founder of Quality of Life Publishing Co., publishers of numerous award-winning grief support books

    “I wish I had read Rich’s journal when my 54-year-old husband died a few years ago after being sick for only two months. The Heart of Grief Relief Journal brings hope, just when it is needed most, validating that grief is a process, not an event. I recommend it for anyone who is bereaved and believe it will be an important resource for grief support groups in hospices, churches, and other organizations.” —Karla Wheeler, founder of Quality of Life Publishing Co., publishers of numerous award-winning grief support books

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy & Rob Lindsay, whose story regarding the death of both their son and daughter is featured in Afterglow: Signs of Continued Love

    “It is reassuring to read the words of someone else who understands first-hand about grief. Rich’s time-tested tips for handling holidays and special occasions will be especially useful to folks newly bereaved. We feel this journal…has something to help everyone.” — Wendy & Rob Lindsay, whose story regarding the death of both their son and daughter is featured in Afterglow: Signs of Continued Love

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lee Wheeler, author of the national award-winning book Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve

    “I think Rich Ballo’s The Heart of Grief Relief Journal will help anyone who has experienced a loss, especially grieving teens. After my dad died when I was 14, journaling became a safe place for me to not only write down words, but also to draw pictures as a healthy outlet for my sometimes-overwhelming emotions.” — Jenny Lee Wheeler, author of the national award-winning book Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve

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