It can be said that we are the sum of everything that has ever happened to us…the experiences we’ve had, the people we’ve met, our thoughts, dreams, joys and disappointments….from the moment we came into being. At some point in time, no matter how old we are, we may resemble an antique table, full of worn and repaired spots — glowing with the over-all patina of beauty and serenity that comes with age. The Japanese culture has a term for this valued way of being, wabi-sabi, and defines it as the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
But, how do we get there? How do we move from being the broken, wobbly piece of old furniture that we often feel exemplifies us, to the wabi-sabi table? I suggest that the essential element is the discovery of meaning.
What is Life Review Therapy?
Life review therapy is a method for discovering meaning by examining life experiences, from the present perspective, with the goal of promoting healing. This therapy can take many different forms: from individual meetings where we time-travel through your life examining specific events; to providing support to create a legacy project or biography; to the use of structured family meetings where everyone there is given the opportunity to share their feelings, experiences and perceptions.
It’s an opportunity to put into practice, the old adage, “If I only knew then, what I know now…”.
Research has shown that life review therapy has been used with elderly and/or palliative patients as a way to provide some relief from depression, anxiety, and family dysfunction. It can be valuable for anyone who is struggling with regrets, caught up in past events or looking for their meaning in life.
If you are interested in going on this journey, please contact me.