The dreams of the dyingIn her 1998 book "On Dreams & Dying: A Jungian Interpretation," psychotherapist Mary Louise von Franz gathered together what she had learned from the dreams of her clients and also from world literature about this important life transition. Examining numerous case studies of actual death dreams, von Franz related these to persistent themes in cultures from ancient Egypt to contemporary Europe, casting all our assumptions about death, life, and a possible afterlife in a surprising new light. Maintaining that dreams prepare people for death and afterlife and that traditional religions have ignored dreams when it comes to death, the author attempted to uncover the symbolism of death as found in dreams. She also compared death dreams to accounts of near-death experiences. Using Jung's discoveries, she revealed how our unconscious mind, the world of our dreams, prepares our conscious mind for the profound psychophysical transformation associated with death. In this way, she attempted to allay our deepest fears concerning death.
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