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    Leanne Matton

    Some Guidelines

    This is a private group for participants in the Writing Down The Dark course – a therapeutic writing course for exploring disenfranchised grief. Only group members who registered can see the forum and what is posted here. All comments and images will be permanently removed 3 weeks after the group ends. You’ll be able to post images with your posts but remember they will need to be smaller than 1 megabyte, so if you need to compress your image, there are many free sites online where you can do that.

    This is a safe space, a place to honour your grief, anger and joy. Please hold all that is shared here as private and sacred, keeping it within the safe container of this forum.

    I’ll post a new thread for each prompt and you’ll also find them in your downloadable e-book. There will be people who write things that you might relate deeply to and feel a connection with. This makes us feel so much less alone in our experiences, and as we know most of us have felt very alone at different stages of our lives. Please respond to those comments you resonate with, however there may be a lot of posts, and as we are in many time zones it will be almost impossible to read and respond to them all. There is NO expectation that you do this. You are here for you, to share and be seen, heard, acknowledged and witnessed. If you can return this for even one other person here, you will be making a huge contribution to the experience of all.

    So check in regularly when you can, scroll through and read or comment on what particularly resonates for you. If you see a post without comments you might like to respond, but only if it feels right.
    I will be checking in daily. Please email or message me with any questions, comments or words you want to share privately.

    It’s important you have a look at the e-book entitled Safety & Security as you do this work. The activities contained in it will help you stay grounded and regulated while you do this work. If you feel triggered by either a prompt or someone else’s response to it, please take care of yourself and use the coping skills outlined there along with any others that work for you. We are not here to be retraumatised!

    I can’t wait to see where this takes you, and I am here for you all.

    Leanne xo

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