""Poems of Mourning and Healing Memory is a beautiful book and an important resource for anyone who faces the suffering, mystery, and unfolding of death, illness, loss, emptiness, anger, and love. . . . This book is highly recommended.""
--Rich Pfeiffer, President, National Anger Management Association
""With apparently simple narration [Carroll] invites personal identification with a strong emotional charge. . . . He weaves psychotherapeutic experience, encounter with the Divine, and a sense of relatedness of persons to each other and to life.""
--Dan R. Bottorff, Marriage and Family Therapist, Westfield, New Jersey
""The flow of the Holy Spirit is what Carroll's writing reminds me of.His words collectively dig deep and with power.""
--Carol Van Slooten, Performing Piano Artist and Accompanist, Village 7 Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
""Arkema's poems are extraordinary--deeply moving, evocative, profoundly spiritual. He depicts with graphic detail transformative moments in our life cycle . . . . This is a remarkable collection.""
--Monica McGoldrick, Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park New Jersey, Author of The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family
""I was hooked from the beginning! Arkema has beautifully crafted a treasure trove of poems that evoke powerful emotions as he takes the reader on a journey of loving remembrance. . . . Arkema's pastoral and therapist's voice is clearly heard through his writing. All who read it will be touched.""
--Joan R. Bouwma, Clinical Social Worker, Retired
""Simply reading through this enthralling collection is itself a healing process.Carroll Arkema's poems--at once intensely personal and universal, earthy and deeply spiritual--reflect a rare sensibility.All who have ever mourned--that is, all of us--would do well to read and savor this important book.""
--Charles Mayer, Episcopal Priest, Psychotherapist
Carroll E. Arkema (Calvin College; Princeton Theological Seminary; Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute) is an ordained Presbyterian Minister serving as a Pastoral Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and in Manhattan. He is the author of Beyond Me: Poems about Spirit in Scripture, Psychotherapy, and Life. He was on the Faculty at Blanton-Peale for sixteen years in the Psychotherapy Training Program and Director of the Spirituality and Psychotherapy Training Program.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Gravediggers' Sod 1
Portrait of Mom: My Eulogy 3
Needs Comfort 8
Eighty-eight, Now Alone 10
Goodbye to Dad 11
My Eulogy for my Dad 21
Southern Comfort 24
A Strange Thing 27
His Apron 32
Sunrise Surprise 34
Piano Transport 36
Dad's Pillow 38
Knees Shaking Uncontrollably 40
Childhood Pastor 44
Portrait of Aunt Lizzie 46
Life Letters 55
That Path Past the House 59
Did Oney See Angels? 61
Hidden Treasure 67
Side Mirrors 70
Childhood Best Friend 73
The Psychiatrist 81
Eye Contact 91
All There in the Eyes 93
Engaging Aging 101
Charcoal Headstone Tracings 103