Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume 2, 1951-1961

[Carl Jung to Erich Neumann on the Death of Emma Jung.]

I would have liked to tell the heart you have opened to me in friendship that two days before the death of my wife I had what one can only call a great illumination which, like a flash of lightning, lit up a centuries-old secret that was embodied in her and had exerted an unfathomable influence on my life.

I can only suppose that the illumination came from my wife, who was then mostly in a coma, and that the tremendous lighting up and release of insight had a retroactive effect upon her, and was one reason why she could die such a painless and royal death. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 284. [Excerpt.]