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Rituals for Our Times : Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships - Evan Imber-Black

Rituals for Our Times

Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships

Paperback Published: 28th January 1998
ISBN: 9780765701565
Number Of Pages: 330

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All human cultures across time have created rituals, bringing family members together to celebrate, welcome, honor, or mourn. While contemporary rituals still exist to serve these important functions, we often perform them automatically, without considering their vital roles in our lives. Many individuals feel alienated from the rituals of their childhoods, while others are struggling to create satisfying new traditions that reflect their own present needs and circumstances. Authors Evan Imber-Black and Janine Roberts show how we can learn to tap the power of rituals to mark transitions, express important values, heal the past, and deepen relationships. Each chapter looks at the special issues and possibilities for nuclear, extended, single-parent, and remarried families, as well as for single adults and couples. The authors also pay particular attention to how changing gender roles are reflected in our rituals, and how revitalized traditions can actually alter the course of intimate relationships. Filled with first-person stories and practical examples, this book will help all readers enhance the meaning of traditions old and new, reinforcing and celebrating life's many milestones and ties.

A wonderful book that helps put people in touch with what is most central in their lives, and offers new and inspiring ways of looking at ourselves and our relationships.--Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Intimacy

Rituals and Relationships
The Possibilities for Rituals Todayp. 3
How Rituals Work for Us: The Five Purposes of Ritualsp. 25
Your Family Heritage: Understanding Ritual Stylesp. 57
Making Meaningful Rituals
Planning Your Rituals: Preparation, People, Place, Participation, and Presentsp. 81
How Rituals Make Meaning: Symbols and Symbolic Actionsp. 125
Rituals Throughout Our Lives
Daily Rituals: Shaping Relationships Day by Dayp. 143
Birthdays: Remembering Life's Beginnings and Affirming Relationships Across the Yearsp. 169
Anniversaries: Honoring Relationships and Marking Personal Changesp. 191
Vacations, Reunions, and Seasonal Events: Making Special Time for Yourself and Your Relationshipsp. 209
Holiday Rituals: Celebrating with Merriment, Memory, and Meaningp. 229
Life-Cycle Rituals: Living Life's Changesp. 267
Keeping Your Rituals Alive: Where to Go from Herep. 291
Author's Note
Suggested Reading
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780765701565
ISBN-10: 0765701561
Series: Master Work Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.42  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45