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Cancer as Initiation: Surviving the Fire

Barbara Stone
PHD Clinical Psychology 1995

ISBN: 0812692748

ABOUT THE BOOK

A guide for living with cancer for patient, provider, spouse, family, or friend.

FEATURED EXCERPTS

From page 3:
This journey through cancer had many of the hallmarks of traditional initiation rituals (van Gennep, 1960), including a test of emotional and physical strength, proof of the ability to withstand physical pain, scarification, and a time of separation from the mainstream of life during which a person goes inside her own heart to find the meaning of her life. The old life then ends in a symbolic death, and the initiate is “reborn” into a new psychological and physical state. She enters back into the community with a new role in society, with a deeper connection to the wisdom in her own heart, ready to share what she has learned for the benefit of the entire community.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Stone holds a PHD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


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