“The pen is mightier than the sword.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton 

Most of us grew up hearing about and learning the important “3 R’s” of education—reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic (arithmetic). These are skills that we were taught early on, and use today in our daily lives. Without the ability to read, write, and do basic math, it is difficult to function and thrive in modern society.


Writing is something that many people have some hesitancy or fear to do. It’s certainly not as prevalent as the fear of public speaking, but when it comes to putting pen to paper, many individuals feel inadequate. That’s a shame. Because everyone can write. No, not everyone who writes is a William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, Maya Angelou, Charles Dickens, John Grisham, and the like. Most of us don’t want or need to write a novel. But we can write down our thoughts, plans, ideas, and wishes to help us navigate our future.


One way to do this is by keeping a journal. Writing things down in a journal is an increasingly popular way for people to organize their lives by keeping track of goals and reflecting on the results. Journaling also provides physical and emotional benefits, as it can lower stress, boost your memory, and improve your creativity.


Writing also helps when we are anxious such as while we are grieving. According to psychologist James Pennebaker, “journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes. Journaling about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, and this reduces the impact of stressors on your physical health.”


We at Forest Lawn know from over one hundred years of experience, that when people write down their memorial plans and wishes, it gives them peace of mind that cannot be realized otherwise.


So set aside a notebook and grab a pen- or turn on your computer- and put aside any fears about writing down your plans, feelings, and hopes. You’ve been writing for years, and the benefits are amazing.