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Guided imagery helps widow deal with depression and grief.

19 Jan
A recently widowed spouse talks about how guided imagery helped her through the devastation, grief and depression surrounding the loss of her best friend and husband of nearly 40 years..
Dear Health Journeys and BR,

I am 64 years old. I was married for nearly 4 decades. Two years ago I lost my husband to a long, debilitating illness. Even though his death was expected, I was devastated. I became distraught, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Every day was a burden. I became deeply depressed. I just wanted to sleep so I wouldn’t feel the pain of the loss of my dear husband and best friend. My daughter made me see a counselor.

I feel that this wonderful, gentle, wise counselor and the guided imagery for grief that she gave me to listen to each day saved my life. I am not exaggerating. The imagery was a great comfort to me. I actually looked forward to it each evening. It became an oasis of peace. It was a time I could touch my husband again, through the love I still felt for him. It was a time when the hurting and loneliness stopped. At first this was only while I was listening, but later on it spread into other parts of the day. It was a blessing and I wanted to say thank you.

Gratefully,
Emma P, Henry’s Wife
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award