Grief Dreams: How They Help Us Heal After the Death of a Loved One [NOOK Book]

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The universal experience of grief dreams can help us heal after the death of a loved one. In this book, T. J. Wray and Ann Back Price show how dreams can be affirming, consoling, enlightening, and inspiring. The authors guide readers in ways to understand and value their dreams, how to keep a grief dream journal, and how to use dreams as tools for healing.

This extraordinary volume explores the four most common types of grief dreams—the visitation dream, the message dream, the ...

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Grief Dreams: How They Help Us Heal After the Death of a Loved One

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Overview

The universal experience of grief dreams can help us heal after the death of a loved one. In this book, T. J. Wray and Ann Back Price show how dreams can be affirming, consoling, enlightening, and inspiring. The authors guide readers in ways to understand and value their dreams, how to keep a grief dream journal, and how to use dreams as tools for healing.

This extraordinary volume explores the four most common types of grief dreams—the visitation dream, the message dream, the reassurance dream, and the trauma dream—and includes many other grief dream types, such as prophetic dreams and dream series. With compassion and great insight, the authors use real-life examples from people who have experienced the healing power of grief dreams. Wray and Price offer step-by-step guidance for understanding and valuing the various messages from our dreams—even the nightmarish shock-absorbing ones.

Grief Dreams explores the rich connections between faith and grief and the religious images found in our dreams and includes information about when it is appropriate to seek professional help. This book is designed to help mourners reclaim some measure of power in navigating the most difficult journey of their lives. Because it is helpful for all types of loss, Grief Dreams is an ideal resource for anyone who is grieving.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
After the death of a loved one, most people dream about the dead person. Wray (Surviving the Death of a Sibling) and Jungian analyst Price argue that there are four basic categories of grief dreams-the visitation dream, in which the deceased simply spends time with the griever; the message dream, in which counsel is given; the reassurance dream, in which the dreamer feels comforted about the fate of the dead person or her own ability to cope; and the trauma dream, in which the dreamer relives some unpleasant aspect of the death or of experiences with the dead person in life. Suggestions are then given for using the messages of these dreams and for understanding the nature of the grieving process. The book does a good job of presenting the material in a straightforward fashion without succumbing to a simplistic one-two-three view of bereavement; it also maintains strict neutrality on questions about life after death. Patricia Garfield's The Dream Messenger: How Dreams of the Departed Bring Gifts of Healing covers the same topic but is more rigid, arguing that there is basically one kind of dream about the deceased and that the grief process consists of several distinct stages. This book is definitely an improvement. Recommended for most public libraries and grief collections.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978266
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,330,684
  • File size: 240 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. T. J. Wray is assistant professor of religious studies at Salve Regina University. She is the author of Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies. She is the creator of www.griefdreams.com and www.adultsiblinggrief.com.

Ann Back Price is a Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical teaching associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: Why a Book About Grief Dreams?

1. The Journey of Grief.

2. About Dreams.

3. The Visitation Dream.

4. The Message Dream.

5. The Reassurance Dream.

6. The Trauma Dream.

7. Other Types of Grief Dreams.

8. Faith and Grief Dreams.

9. How Grief Dreams Help Heal Us.

Reader Resources.

Selected Sources.

About the Authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    Enlightening

    I met the authors at a bookstore, and decided to buy the book for a friend. But I started to read it and found it to be really well written, warm and thoughtful, just like the authors were. What I liked about the book was how it normalized the experiences of loss. (I really don't want to get into my own losses here...). It broke down different kinds of dreams into categories, and then explained how I can use the dreams to heal. Now, I'm keeping the book...I'll have to buy another for a friend!

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