Praise for By Grief Transformed
C.G. Jung characterized his psychology as an attempt, "ever renewed, to give an answer to the question of the interplay between 'here' and 'hereafter'." Inspired by her own bereavement, Susan Olson soulfully engages this same interplay. Grappling now with the starkness of loss, now with the richness of death, she gives her answer to the "here" and "hereafter" question. A book of love and mystery. Highly recommended!
GREG MOGENSON, JUNGIAN ANALYST, AUTHOR OF GREETING THE ANGELS: AN ARCHETYPAL VIEW OF MOURNING, GOD IS A TRAUMA, THE DOVE IN THE CONSULTING ROOM, AND NORTHERN GNOSIS
A year after her daughter’s death, Susan Olson received a dream message from her daughter to write about the mysterious connection between the living and the dead. By tracing her dreams through a long mourning process, Olson shows that gifts offered in dreams of the dead are sources of rich psychoid energy. Through dreaming, the dead visit those who love them, serve as a spiritual guide, and structure the imagination with healing images. Olson evokes our deepest feelings as she patterns archetypal mourning experiences found in alchemy and mirrored in the myth of Demeter and Persephone. This beautiful book will enrich the lives of those who mourn and others interested in the transformative powers of dreaming.
CHARLOTTE MATHES, JUNGIAN ANALYST, AUTHOR OF AND A SWORD SHALL PIERCE YOUR HEART: MOVING FROM DESPAIR TO MEANING AFTER THE DEATH OF A CHILD
A truly psychological work. Grounded in personal experiences, and armed with wide-ranging knowledge and sensitivity, the author explores grief, transformation and dreams of the dead in human psychology. This remarkable book can help us, professionally and personally, face the loss of a loved one and the legacy of the dead.
PAUL KUGLER, JUNGIAN ANALYST, IAAP HONORARY SECRETARY, AUTHOR OF RAIDS ON THE UNTHINKABLE: JUNGIAN AND FREUDIAN PSYCHOANALYSES AND THE ALCHEMY OF DISCOURSE: AN ARCHETYPAL APPROACH TO LANGUAGE
Susan Olson follows the unconscious currents that shape and channel mourning. Her book is a generous, deeply moving and personal gift to all whose hearts will never be unbroken after the loss of a child. Hearts may mend through a journey in the symbolic landscapes of dreams, where the beloved one lives on in form scarcely recognized by our limited consciousness.
KATHRIN ASPER, JUNGIAN ANALYST, AUTHOR OF THE ABANDONED CHILD WITHIN: ON LOSING AND REGAINING SELF-WORTH AND THE INNER CHILD IN DREAMS