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Bereavement Dreaming
and the Individuating Soul

by Geri Grubbs, Ph.D

This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education

Book Description of Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul

When we lose a loved one, the experience is simultaneously mythical and personal. Geri Grubbs anchors the mythical aspect of loss in the story of Gilgamesh and the loss of his beloved Enkidu which sets him on a quest for his beloved and the meaning of life. The personal aspect arises in the particular path we take in recovery from loss. Both realms blend in the dream space where we often encounter our lost beloved. Detailing the grieving process and the types of dreams that manifest during its various stages, Geri Grubbs reveals the enormous, positive potential for our individual soul-growth, but we also learn how our lost beloved grows with us in his or her own soul process. She presents several personal stories of people who have worked through their grief by using their dreams and provides practices for readers to catch their dreams, honor them and their departed loved ones, and grow in a healthy direction from the experience. Her description of The Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico provides an insightful example of how other cultures accept death as part of the life process.

" . . . A wise guidebook for when tragic loss plunges the living soul into grave liminality and opens the door to transformation."—Murray Stein, author of Transformation: Emergence of the Self

" This insightful book guides the reader’s understanding of bereavement in a way that could come only from one who has learned first hand—that is, “the hard way”—how to cope and to heal from within."—Louise Carus Mahdi, Jungian analyst, editor of Betwixt & Between and Crossroads

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Learning Objectives

In this 7 unit course clinicians will:

• understand how dreams had by the bereaved typically aid the grief process
• be familiar with visitation dreams, precognitive dreams, and dreams of transformation, dark night of the soul, and transcendence
• learn how bereavement dreams can be worked with in a clinical as well as a personal   setting
• be familiar with the collective archetypes of death in dreams
• identify the phases of bereavement dreaming and their purpose in the life of the dreamer
• be familiar with a cultural perspective on death and bereavement
• learn ways to help the bereaved relate in a healthy way to the images and memory of their departed loved ones

This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.



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Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Nicolas-Hays (March, 2004)
ISBN: 0892540796
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“The loss of a loved one, and especially that of a child, is a circumstance that surely thrusts you into the transcendent dimension of consciousness. Not only do you continue to feel and sense the image of your love who has crossed over, but you experience a state of liminality as well, a state that is spaceless and timeless, and open to the spiritual, archetypal, and collective realm of the depths of the unconscious.” p. 15

“ Bereavement dreams come and go for many decades after you have suffered the loss of a loved one. As you will see in the dream stories to come, they clearly have a pattern and intentionality to them.” p. 47

“ When you use your dreams as a guiding source and work with them as directly and as honestly as you can, not only do you grow emotionally and spiritually, but it appears that your departed loved ones grow as well. p. 44

“ Kathleen runs from death, ever upward, and into an encounter with what she calls “a higher power.” It is through her encounter with this “higher power” that she gains the leverage she needs to turn and face the shadow of death that has so invaded her life.”
p. 92

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Geri Grubbs, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst on the training staff of the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology, and a teaching member of the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. She has taught in the Extended Education Departments at Santa Clara University and University of Washington School of Social Work, and lectures nationally on dreams, bereavement, and sandplay. Her publications include: Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul and The Sandplay Categorical Checklist for Sandplay Analysis. She practices in northwestern Washington.

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