I recommend highly this book for anyone who wishes to improve the understanding of her or himself by incorporating and acknowledging the vital role(s) that personal rituals play in our daily lives.
From the back cover:
"In this timely, groundbreaking book, two renowned family therapists explore the enriching role rituals can play in our lives. Filled with moving first-person stories and practical examples--from daily rituals (good-byes, mealtimes, bedtimes) to family traditions (birthdays, anniversaries) to celebrations (religious, ethnic, national) to life-cycle rituals (for birth or adoption, marriage, and death) as well as new rites of passage (for divorce, healing, or sobriety)--Rituals for Our Times shows how to reinvigorate old customs and create new ones to strengthen our relationships and enhance our lives."
"An important, necessary work. Conceptually profound and comprehensive in scope." -- Booklist
Both authors hold doctorates; one holds a PhD and is Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the other author holds an EdD and is the director of the Family Therapy Specialty Area of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
wise, warm, beautifully written book..creative pathways toward completing unfinished business...shows how through rituals our lives and our loved ones can be enriched