“Polishing the Bones” is an intimate portrayal of a woman’s unfolding inner journey through her Jungian analysis, her dreams, and her terminal illness as she is guided deeper into the mysteries of life and the extraordinary transformation of her death.
The true story of an unusually creative woman, Laura, following her life’s transformation and individuation, with all its longing, pain, transcendent beauty, love, and life’s completion. After the conclusion of her Jungian analysis, Laura becomes terminally ill and is supported by a few intimates including her former analyst, who comes to live with the family to help her die. The intimacy and depth of relationship between the two women, and the foundation of guiding dreams that developed in the analysis, forms a container for an unfolding spiritual journey with numinous experience and sacred visions. We witness the tender care of Laura through and after her death as well as the experience of the author, who undergoes her own transformation through an awe-inspiring initiation into the realm of death itself.(from the publisher)
A Deerfield resident, Penelope Tarasuk is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Massachusetts working with individuals, couples, and families. She is a senior training analyst and faculty member of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston.