TRUCKEE, Calif., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- What happens to people after they lose a loved one? Is there a way for survivors to still embrace those who are no longer physically with us?
A new book, Crossing the Owl's Bridge: A Guide for Grieving People Who Still Love, (www.kim-bateman.com) shows us, through dozens of stories and insights, a way to better understand death, and life after a loss.
Author Kim Bateman, Ph.D., has experienced firsthand the challenges and pain of mourning the loss of someone close. Her brother tragically died in an avalanche while extreme skiing-- a loss so profound that it inspired a career of over 20 years as a clinical psychologist, workshop facilitator, public speaker, and teacher of courses in death and dying.
"This book weaves the wisdom of worldwide folk tales and offers people's experiences to present an anatomy of loss and offer strategies for ways through," writes Dr. Bateman. "A recurring message is that the end of a material relationship can also be seen as invitation to say hello to a different type of relationship, allowing us to still love. It will give you tools to create the symbols or rituals that you need to create a bridge - a bridge between you and your loved one, and perhaps also between the current place of pain and a more developed, richer, connected sense of self."
Grieving can be a deeply personal and challenging experience and this year, millions will be mourned in the United States. Across the globe, more than 150,000 people die each day, impacting multitudes of people who will struggle with the pain of loss. This book offers unique perspectives on grieving with a focus on transforming your relationship with the deceased.
"As I began looking around at different cultures," writes Dr. Bateman, "and particularly their stories, I found that this theme of the loss of the physical coupled with a continued relationship in the imaginal is ubiquitous. Through folk tales and examples, this book will show how you can still love. Where we thought we would be afraid, we find ourselves feeling more secure than ever. And where we thought we would lose our identity, we find that we have developed a richer, more defined sense of self. And where we thought we would be most lonely, we find that we are at one with all."
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SOURCE Kim Bateman