A virtual memorial for Jeanne Achterberg (Jeannie to her friends)
We mourn the loss of Jeanne Achterberg and celebrate her marvelous life. We invite you to share on this site your own reflections about Jeannie
All of us at Saybrook are grateful that Jeanne served on the faculty for over 20 years. We cannot count the number of students and faculty who have learned so much from her. Jeanne wrote about her time at Saybrook:
“My expertise in working with students comes from a long love affair with being a researcher in unusual fields of health and healing, and from enjoying the excitement and energy that transpires in learner/mentor activities. I do help students (and faculty) get published, as evidenced by numerous examples in journals that I edit or have edited.”
The following description was written by Don Moss, Saybrook faculty and friend. Jeannie was a pioneer in mind-body medicine and complementary medicine. Early in her career, Jeannie collaborated with O. Carl Simonton, studying the quality of imagery in cancer patients. She was able to show that features in the imagery predicted the course of the illness. Since that time, she has championed the role of imagery in healing, the role of the mind and spirit in healing, and the shamanic role of the healer.
Jeannie went on to serve in the Office of Alternative Medicine, co-chairing the panel on mind-body interventions. The OAM grew into NCCAM, the home of complementary and alternative medicine within NIH. She is also a past president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.
Jeannie has contributed much to mind-body medicine: Her books, Bridges of the Body-Mind, Imagery in Healing, Woman as Healer, Rituals of Healing, Imagery and Disease, and Lightning at the Gate, remain best sellers. Jeannie has also given us a personal example of courage in the face of illness. Her book, Lightning at the Gate, narrated her own journey with illness.
We extend our deepest sympathy and support to her companion Mark Harris, and to her family and close friends. She was a woman filled with creativity, compassion, and love, and we will all miss her. Thank you, Jeannie.
If you have recollections of Jeannie that you would like to share with her family and the Saybrook community, please leave them in the comments section below.