Stefano Carpani | C.G. Jung, Death & Covid-19 as the Teacher: Conversation with Polly Young-Eisendrath
Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD is a Jungian analyst, psychologist, teacher and author. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in private practice in central Vermont. Polly is the originator of Dialogue Therapy, which is designed to help couples and others (for example, parents and grown children) to transform chronic conflict into greater closeness and development.
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I have not been part of another person’s experience of dying. But my little dog Sam was run over as I helplessly watched. I was at his side as he breathed his last breath. The relevant dream that occurred days or weeks later assured me that he was in a happy place. In the dream, I followed him along a rocky coast as the tide was rising. I dropped my jacket but had no time to retrieve it if I wanted to keep up with Sam. I followed him to a hill, which he easily ran up. I could not follow, as suddenly my body became heavy. But I saw at the top of the hill a place of light, and his happiness as he ran up the hill led me to believe that his transition was positive. Thus, I agree that dreams that follow the death of a loved one are important. I also consider the possibility that for a short time, there is a window into the dimension to which the loved one has passed, as the grieving one wishes to accompany the departed but cannot (hence the feeling of heaviness that prevented my following Sam up the hill).