The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss


The INFINITE THREAD strips away the veils of mystery surrounding death and transcends preconceptions about death and dying. Rich with opportunities for reflection, it brings enormous comfort to anyone who has ever lost a loved one or been faced with their own mortality.
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The INFINITE THREAD strips away the veils of mystery surrounding death and transcends preconceptions about death and dying. Rich with opportunities for reflection, it brings enormous comfort to anyone who has ever lost a loved one or been faced with their own mortality.
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"At last! A deeply and profoundly wise book on healing a life after loss...The Infinite Thread stands out like a lighthouse, beckoning those who travel in the dark to the refuge of a safe harbor...a must-read for anyone who has ever thought that their heart could never heal."
—Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

"Refreshingly original in its approach, The Infinite Thread takes loss beyond conventional ideas of mourning. The insightful series of exercises and thoughtful text make this book essential reading for all those who seek healing and resolution in their grief."
—Charles Garfield, author of Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb

"To experience loss is a fact of life. Yet so many of us simply shut out what causes pain only to learn over time that this shutting out robs us of our very lives. The Infinite Thread offers a path to healing from the inside out...a way not only to comfort but to the joy of regaining our lives."
—Hal Zina Bennett, author of Write fro the Heart

"In The Infinite Thread, Alexandra Kennedy gives us tangible tools and ways to reconcile a relationship with a loved one and to work through unfinished business...this book is an excellent resource guide for healing all our relationships."
—Angeles Arrien, author of The Four Fold Way and Signs of Life

John O'Donohue
The book is a practical tool and will be immensely helpful to so many wounded ones forsaken at a frightening threshold. Rich in imagination, it invites us to let our imaginations become pathways to retrieve subtle presences hidden under surface absence.
Kennedy (a psychotherapist) offers an approach to facing and overcoming grief using one's own creativity and intuition. She describes the use of dreams, letters, dialogues, and imagery; and she discusses relationships with family, romantic partners, children, and friends, and the means of healing daily losses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582700465
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,420,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Kennedy, MA, is the author of Losing a Parent and has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for twenty-five years. She is a faculty member at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension and has served on the faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where she offered a yearly graduate course on death, dying, and grieving. Her work has been featured in USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Herald, Yoga Journal, and Mothering magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Looking Within
1. The Living Presence within You 3
Part 2 Reaching Within
2. Communicating with One Who Is Dying 25
3. Dreaming of One Who Has Died 47
4. Letters: Beginning a Correspondence 71
5. Dialogues: Going Where They Take You 89
6. Connecting through Imagery 107
Part 3 Reaching Outward
Family Communication after a Death 125
8. Reaching Your Living Partner 145
9. Reaching Your Living Children 157
10. Reaching Your Living Friends 171
11. Healing Grief Passed Down through Generations 179
12. Healing Daily Losses 191
Epilogue 199
Suggestions for Grieving and Exercises for Healing Relationships beyond Loss 203
Bibliography 241
About the Author 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Alexandra Kennedy guides the reader with deftly crafted compassionate exercises that help us process the many emotions that arise when we lose a loved one. Using visualizations, dreams and inner dialogue the connections we have to those we love are not lost but strenghtened and in the process we are able to heal ourselves. Powerful and wise for clinicians and lay people alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    A toolbox brimming with wisdom and gentleness

    I opened to the introduction only weeks after my nephew's tragic death, and felt a sense of relief and support. For months after, I made the time each day to grieve, and 'The Infinite Thread' was a constant companion while my emotions swung in the darkness. The stories and revelations Ms. Kennedy weaves throughout her book helped sooth my broken heart, but I was also challenged by the series of exercises that led me to deeper exploration and insight. I am inpressed how she embraces rituals from other cultures and communities and implores us to participate fully in the cycle of life. 'The Infinite Thread', became my toolbox where I could take a simple exercise, and pass it on to one of my siblings, who wasn't ready for more. I used her tools when I spoke long distance with my family and remembered to listen or merely cried along. And I also picked up one of her heavier tools and gave certain family members the space they needed while letting them know I was there. I appreciate the gentleness with which Ms. Kennedy crafted this toolbox and I highly recommend it.

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