End of Life
Death is both an ending and a beginning—and as natural as childbirth.
We are all going to go through this last great transition.
But, our society has great fear of death. We don’t want to talk about it and we often don’t understand what is happening. And we feel helpless.
How can we help our loved one—or, help ourselves, if we are the ones caring for those who are dying-- during this profoundly sacred time? If we are the ones dying, how can we complete what we need to before our last breath?
It is a sacred time and a sacred space. The ability to just sit, to just be a calm, open, authentic presence, is, in itself, healing to all who are in the room with the dying.
The needs of the dying
ඏ The need to be treated as a living human being.
ඏ The need to maintain a sense of hopefulness, however changing its focus may be.
ඏ The need to be cared for by those who can maintain a sense of hopefulness, however changing this may be.
ඏ The need to die in peace and dignity.
The Needs of the Dying by David Kessler
How Healing Touch can help
I offer a compassionate, hopeful, dignified, healing and loving presence. Healing Touch creates a sacred space where, through light touch or no touch, the dying person is given the opportunity to clear the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual disturbances we often have before we leave the physical body. It helps the person allow whatever healing they need before they move on. It is very gentle and very soothing to the family and others who care and love this person to know that their loved one is being helped.
Caregivers and family can also benefit from Healing Touch, to help ease anxiety, and other grief symptoms and to infuse them with the energy needed to do the work to help their loved one.
A Healing Touch session for the dying is calming, peaceful, sacred, and healing.
Healing is different than curing. It is lovely and authentic work.
We are able to heal –to become whole--right up until we take our last breath.
In addition, I offer other simple but powerful things, like massaging the hands or feet, a cool cloth on the forehead, soft music, essential oils, that can bring comfort to both the person dying and the family members. I can also teach the family members and friends a few simple techniques that they can do to help their loved one.
I can also offer resources for after death care, hospice care, and grief work.