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Dreaming Beyond Death: A Guide to Pre-Death Dreams and Visions
     

Dreaming Beyond Death: A Guide to Pre-Death Dreams and Visions

by Rev. Patricia Bulkley, Kelly Bulkeley, Patricia Bulkley
 

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Drawing from a rich understanding of dreaming in culture, history, psychology, and modern dream study, Kelly Bulkeley and Patricia Bulkley's Dreaming Beyond Death explicitly addresses three common aspects of pre-death dreams and offers interpretations that will aid both dying persons and their caregivers. Rev. Patricia Bulkley's experience with the

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Drawing from a rich understanding of dreaming in culture, history, psychology, and modern dream study, Kelly Bulkeley and Patricia Bulkley's Dreaming Beyond Death explicitly addresses three common aspects of pre-death dreams and offers interpretations that will aid both dying persons and their caregivers. Rev. Patricia Bulkley's experience with the transformative possibilities of pre-death dreams as a hospice counselor lend this book a deeply personal and human touch, while Kelly Bulkeley's insightful analysis and intellectual framework provide an understanding of the deeper meanings behind this type of dreaming. A final chapter provides resources and concrete methods for caregivers to respectfully guide a dying person through the dreaming process to a sense of peace.

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Library Journal
Kelly Bulkeley, president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and his mother, Patricia, a minister at the Hospice of Marin (CA), explore the dreams that patients in the final stages of terminal illness are likely to have in order to help those patients experience a "good death"-i.e., one that is peaceful, painless, and loving. While the book avoids adopting a particular religious perspective and sidesteps questions about the existence of life after death or the predictive power of dreams, it is infused with the sense that dreams-and human lives-are intrinsically meaningful. Though the book targets caregivers, there are some abrupt shifts in focus: the penultimate chapter addresses the dying person directly, and the final chapter seems to be intended for society at large. Nonetheless, this book would be an excellent addition to medical, seminary, and academic libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A slender but powerful new book . . . the authors inject level-headed analysis into an arena often dominated by seekers of the paranormal. —Anne Underwood, Newsweek

"While the book avoids adopting a particular religious perspective and sidesteps questions about the existence of life after death or the predictive power of dreams, it is infused with the sense that dreams-and human lives-are intrinsically meaningful." —Library Journal

"A groundbreaking book . . . from the dying dream of Socrates to the last vision of Carl Jung, it integrates a kaleidoscope of knowledge on the role of dreams in world history, theology, and myth."—Sarah Berkley, Sonoma Index-Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807077207
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Bulkeley is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and the author of several books, including Dreams of Healing and The Wandering Brain. Rev. Dr. Patricia (Tish) Bulkley is a Presbyterian minister who was the spiritual services provider at Hospice of Marin for ten years. She currently serves on the teaching staff of the Program in Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.

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