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The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss
Alexandra Kennedy, John O'Donohue

The loss of someone close to us can shake the very foundations of our lives. We look for ways to rebuild that foundation but our society has little to offer. We hear cliches such as time heals all wounds and you just need to get on with your life. But too often such advice deepens the pain and turmoil we feel. Thankfully, there are alternatives that really can bring us comfort. In The Infinite Thread, Alexandra Kennedy presents remarkable tools that have been helping her clients for over 20 years. She tells how to use our own innate abilities for finding the path through the bewildering experience of loss. From writing letters to creating a sanctuary for the process of recovery, she tells how our creative and intuitive capacities can help us find peace beyond the inner turmoil. Using anecdotes from real-life, she eloquently describes the seven tasks of grieving and offers ways to support partners, friends, and children who are struggling with loss.

  • Using imagination to recreate a relationship with a lost loved one in order to heal unresolved issues and regrets
  • Creating a simple sanctuary to give form and beauty to the healing process
  • Tapping the power of our dreams to rebuild our own lives.
  • Learning about ancient, tried and true methods for easing the burdens of grieving
  • Finding joy in our daily lives even as we honor our loss.


Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D, author of My Grandfather's Blessings and Kitchen Table Wisdom:

At last! A deeply real and profoundly wise book on healing a life after loss. In a field overcrowded with pop psychology, The Infinite Thread stands out like a lighthouse, beckoning those who travel in the dark to the refuge of a safe harbor. Alexandra Kennedy's book is a must read for anyone who has ever thought their heart could never heal.

Angeles Arrien,
cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way and Signs of Life:

In The Infinite Thread, Alexandra Kennedy gives us tangible tools and ways to reconcile a relationship with a loved one and how to work through unfinished business. . .This book is an excellent resource guide for healing all our relationships.

Gerald Jampolksy, M.D.,
author of Forgiveness:

Alexandra Kennedy has written.a groundbreaking book of spiritual and practical wisdom, which explores new uses of the imagination in healing loss. If you ever thought it was too late to express love or forgive someone, try the exercises in this book! This big-hearted book is a gift to us all.

Hal Zina Bennett,
author of Write from the Heart:

To experience loss is a fact of life. Yet, so many of us simply shut out what causes pain, only to learn over time that this shutting out robs us of our very lives. This book offers a path to healing from the inside out. . . a way not only to comfort but to the joy of regaining our own lives.



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