Through the Dark Forest

Through the Dark Forest

Transforming Your Life in the Face of Death

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452298705
  • 288 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


It’s never too late to transform your life.

A practical and deeply healing guide to becoming whole and finding peace during the most difficult time of life

When we are confronted with the end of life, we must tackle medical decisions, attend to family and legal matters, and grapple with overwhelming questions such as: How do I manage each day knowing that death is near? What has life up until now meant? What should I do with the time that remains?
Carolyn Conger, PhD, has spent thirty years working with people who are imminently facing death. Drawing on her research and experience, Conger shows how we can use active imagination, self-hypnosis, energy medicine, and dreamwork to begin the soul work that can both prepare us for death and enrich our lives. Profound and paradigm-shifting, Through the Dark Forest can help us all transform our lives no matter how long we have to live.


A priceless gift for anyone facing suffering, or seeking a trusted guide on the path toward wholeness, authenticity, and radical transformation.” —Harriet Lerner, Ph.D, author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection
“The vast human wisdom and transformational energies found in this  profoundly compassionate book reveal how the end-game of our lives can be a time of magnificent surrender and enlightenment, if we wish it to be.” —Richard Chamberlain, actor and New York Times bestselling author of Shattered Love
“A rare and deep look into the great mystery of dying, this powerful book gives the reader a path through the darkness to light.” —Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
“Thoughtful, practical advice, and meaningful exercises to help those facing death reclaim their lives and live them to the fullest. A must read.”—Jacob Zighelboim, MD
“A strikingly practical and helpful book about how to live with aging and dying. Through The Dark Forest is uniquely valuable for the individual who is ready to face life and grow during the encounter with old age and mortality. Dr. Conger’s book guides and empowers the adept traveler in all of us.” —S. Robert Moradi, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCLA School of Medicine