Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships beyond Loss [NOOK Book]

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The death of a loved one is often accompanied by regrets among the survivors. These kinds of unresolved feelings can prevent someone from letting go and moving on, affecting other relationships. In The Infinite Thread, previously titled Your Loved One Lives On Within You, Alexandra Kennedy explains that death need not separate people from those they love, and that, in fact, the end of a life can lead to a new beginning with the person considered lost forever. At the heart of Kennedy’s approach to grieving is the ...
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Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships beyond Loss

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Overview

The death of a loved one is often accompanied by regrets among the survivors. These kinds of unresolved feelings can prevent someone from letting go and moving on, affecting other relationships. In The Infinite Thread, previously titled Your Loved One Lives On Within You, Alexandra Kennedy explains that death need not separate people from those they love, and that, in fact, the end of a life can lead to a new beginning with the person considered lost forever. At the heart of Kennedy’s approach to grieving is the use of the imagination as a transformative tool. Through active imagination and inner dialogue, readers develop the power to create and re-create relationships, heal old wounds, and experience deep intimacy. This continuing relationship with the person who has died offers powerful opportunities for healing, resolution, and even guidance.
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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.
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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458700087
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
  • Publication date: 7/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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

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    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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