I had a scary dream last night that I was walking across a kind of ice field while talking to my mom on the phone. Then I could feel and hear the ice begin to crack and shift, and I got sucked down into the swirling, freezing water underneath. I was still holding the phone, but I was stunned, or the wind knocked out of me, and I couldn't speak to tell her what was happening. I lost my grip on the phone, and the current pulled me farther and farther away from it. I was less upset about the possibility of drowning than about losing my phone--that is, having no way to reach her.
Self-defense courses for women got big in the '80s. Are there similar classes to help people prepare for the death of their loved ones? Or is that just psychoanalysis? (Here's another one for my future analyst, and/or Reb: Why do I have so many dreams about my phone?)