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

Front Cover
Beacon Press, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 152 pages
0 Reviews
Documented throughout time and across cultures, dreams experienced by those on the verge of death can offer profound insight into the process of dying and provide deep spiritual solace for the individual passing away. InDreaming Beyond Death,Kelly Bulkeley and the Reverend Patricia Bulkley bring together their diverse areas of expertise to create a guide to pre-death dreams that offers practical advice and provides a broader understanding of this phenomenon.

Beginning with a look at dreams and dreaming in culture, history, psychology, and modern dream study, the authors show us that pre-death dreams tend toward three themes: dreams in which death is represented as a journey; dreams in which a guide appears; and dreams involving obstacles that parallel concerns of the dying in real life. They draw on Patricia's ten years of hospice counseling to take us through the pre-death dreams of several terminally ill people, show us how to explore the meanings of dreams, and tell us why these particular dreams gave their dreamers a sense of resolution and tranquility. The last chapter provides clear, practical advice for caregivers on how they can respectfully guide those close to death through their dreaming experience.

Rev. Patricia Bulkley's experience as a spiritual counselor lends this book a deeply personal and human touch, while Kelly Bulkeley's intellectual framework makes it easy to understand the larger meanings behind pre-death dreams. Suitable reading for both the dying and for their caregivers,Dreaming Beyond Deathbrings to light a distinct and profound part of the dying process. From this book, we come to see that understanding pre-death dreams can not only provide comfort, it can also lead ultimately to a profound sense of peace.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Dreaming beyond death: a guide to pre-death dreams and visions

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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 ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DREAMS OF MORTALITY
11
Across the Life Span
12
Visitations
18
NearDeath Experiences
22
Religion andor Spirituality
24
Your Life as a Dreamer
30
THE NATURE AND MEANING OF DREAMS
33
Following the Elders
83
Family and Faith
87
OBSTACLES
91
family Traditions Family Barriers
95
Dreams Visions and Dementia
97
Painful Secrets
99
Dying for Her Faith
105
CARE FOR THE DYING
115

Metaphors We Live By and Die By
36
The Anticipatory Function
39
What You Can Learn from Them
45
JOURNEYS
53
The Last Dream of Socrates
54
Modern Transportation
58
Subtle Shifts
62
Life Reviews
64
Just WishFulfillments?
65
GUIDES
71
Companions on the Journey
73
Family Visitations
74
Margies Second Dream
76
PreDeath Dreams as Religious Experience
77
Following the Children
80
What Is a Good Death?
116
Exploring a Lifetime
118
Dealing with Your Stuff
122
Reconciliation
124
Tending the Soul
127
Taking Ones Own Life
129
Hummingbirds
131
CONCLUSION
135
A Summary of Methods
137
The Democracy of Dreaming
139
Resources for Caregiving for the Terminally III
143
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
145
NOTES
147
REFERENCES
149
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2005)

Kelly Bulkeley is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and the author of several books, includingDreams of HealingandThe 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information