Dreams: Questions Worth Considering (Individual Track)

Questions Worth Considering will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver.

Possibilities in Life Transition Series
Lesson Four: Dreams


4. “Patients, families, and health care providers alike can benefit from recognizing and understanding… dreams and visions at the end of life. These experiences need to be viewed as a normal transition from life to death. In normalizing these experiences, the patient is better able to share and process important issues at the end of life. Health care personnel can support patients and families by encouraging, rather than avoiding, discussion of end-of-life dreams and visions.” – Cheryl L. Nosek et al.  (“End-of-Life Dreams and Visions: A Qualitative Perspective from Hospice Patients”)

5. Research has identified four categories that describe the types of insight that can be gained from dreams “(1) metaphorical vision—to see oneself in a new light; (2) connection—to uncover some patterns in one’s existence or some links between different aspects of one’s experience; (3) suddenness—an affective reaction of surprise, as if things fell down into place in one’s mind and (4) newness —the sense of having discovered something that was not previously known.” --Edwards et al. (“Dreaming and Insight”)

6.“All dreams speak a universal language and come in the service of health and wholeness. There is no such thing as a "bad dream" -- only dreams that sometimes take a dramatically negative form in order to grab our attention.” –Soul & Science Lesson

7. “Sleep sews the pieces of our memory together…and dreaming is part of the process.”

Three examples include:

-It extracts the gist of an experience
-It discovers the rules of our lives
-It fosters insight

-Dr. Robert Stickgold, Director of Harvard’s Center for Sleep and Cognition


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