Dreams At The Threshold: Guidance, Comfort, And Healing At The End Of Life by Jeanne Van BronkhorstDreams At The Threshold: Guidance, Comfort, And Healing At The End Of Life by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst

Dreams At The Threshold: Guidance, Comfort, And Healing At The End Of Life

byJeanne Van Bronkhorst

Paperback | July 8, 2015

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At the end of life dreams can help start important conversations and encourage the resolution of old wounds. They provide a welcome sense of dignity in their sharing and often help those who are dying move confidently toward an unknown future.

Dreams at the Threshold provides simple instructions on how to listen with a caring, respectful curiosity to our own dreams and the dreams of others. Discover how these important messages can provide the gift of peace and the courage to say goodbye. Just one shared dream can bring lasting com- fort to those who are dying and to the community around them.


"Superb in discussing preparation for death."-Library Journal (starred review)

"The great gift of this book is its warm-hearted simplicity."-Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming

"This book is written with love, interest and conviction. Jeanne's aim is to teach us the importance of dreams for those in contact with the dying and the people closest to them. Easy to read and understand. Do not hesitate to seize this opportunity in discovering another tool for accompaniment."-Monique Séguin, co-author of Dreams and Death

"Through artful weaving of dreams . . . Jeanne Van Bronkhorst has created a beautiful guidebook both for professionals who work with end-of-life patients and for laypersons who will face this inevitable transition in their own lives and the lives of loved ones."-Tallulah Lyons, M.Ed., author of Dreams and Guided Imagery

"Jeanne Van Bronkhorst's Dreams at the Threshold is an important contribution to this neglected dimension."-Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind

Jeanne Van Bronkhorst has worked with people facing life-threatening illness for twenty years, including ten years as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. She has led grief groups and trained volunteers in how to sit with grief for several different hospice organizations in the US and Canada. She has graduate degrees in p...
Title:Dreams At The Threshold: Guidance, Comfort, And Healing At The End Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.79 inPublished:July 8, 2015Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0738742341

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

  • The Beginning of My Dream Appreciation 10
  • Overview of the Book 13
  • Three Levels of Dream Appreciation 15
  • How Real Are Dreams? 17

Part One How Dreams Help at the End of Life 21

Chapter 1: Dreams Support Our Waking Lives 22

  • Focus on What Is Important Right Now 22
  • Bring Respite from Suffering 24
  • Bring Families Together 28
  • Reflect on Life's Meanings 30
  • Comfort a Community 32
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 34

Chapter 2: Dreams Open Important Conversations 36

  • Help Us Talk About Life 38
  • Help Us Talk About Strong Emotions 42
  • Help Us Talk About Dying 45
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 54

Chapter 3: Preparation Dreams Help Us Get Ready 56

  • Help Us Finish the Business of Life 60
  • Help Us Gather Our Strength 62
  • Set Us on a Journey 66
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 72

Chapter 4: Visitation Dreams Bring Us Loving Company 74

  • Realness 78
  • Comforting Presence 81
  • Loving Guidance 82
  • Visitation Dreams and the Afterlife 84
  • Visitation Dreams Assuage Grief 87
  • The Meaning of the Afterlife Belongs to the Dreamer 88
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 92

Chapter 5: Dreams of the Community 94

  • Give Us Fair Warning 95
  • Give Us Room to Grieve 98
  • Help Us Let Go 101
  • Connect Us Across Great Distances 106
  • Helps Us Mourn Together 109
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 112

Chapter 6: Grief Dreams Help Us Mourn 113

  • Shock 115
    • Show Us the Reality of the Person's Death 116
  • Mourning 119
    • Center Us in Our Own Lives 120
    • Connect Us Again With Those We've Lost 125
  • Integration 132
    • Help Us Build Community 133
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 137

Chapter 7: When Dreams Frighten Us 139

  • Nightmares Through Life 140
  • What Helps Nightmares 142
  • Nightmares at the End of Life 145
  • How Nightmares Help 146
    • Help Us Face Hard Truths 147
    • Help Us Hold Strong Emotions 149
    • Remind Us of Unfinished Business 151
    • Mark Our Emotional Journey 153
  • How to Listen to Nightmares 157
    • Look for Insight 158
    • Act on the Dream 159
    • Change the Dream 161
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 163

Chapter 8: An Expanding Universe 164

  • Predicting the Moment of Death 167
  • The Moment of Death Made Visible 169
  • Final Goodbyes Across a Great Distance 171
  • Small Events With Big Personal Meaning 172
  • A Loving Touch, Familiar Fragrance 176
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 180

Part Two: How to Build a Dreaming Life 179

Chapter 9 : How to Listen to Dreams at the End of Life 183

  • Three Revolutions in Dream work 184
  • How to Listen to Dreams 191
    1. Make Dreams Safe for Telling 192
    2. Invite People to Tell Their Dreams 194
    3. Listen Without Interpreting 197
  • You Can Listen to Dreams 199
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 203

Chapter 10: How to Cultivate Your Dreams 203

  • Forge New Neural Pathways 207
  • Open a Conversation With Your Dreams 209
    1. Invite Dreams In 210
    2. Listen Carefully 213
    3. Respond With Respect 215
  • Dream Appreciation for Beginners 217
  • Trust Your Dreams, Trust Yourself 219
  • Chapter Summary/Talking About Dreams 223

Epilogue Dreams of Purpose and Meaning 225
End Notes 233