Holistic End-of-Life Support
Support for the Dying
Reiki is a gentle energy healing technique that helps you relax and rebalance. It is lovely to receive and makes you feel at peace, and it often supports medical pain management. Reiki is accepted in most hospitals and hospices and can be given until the last moments of life. It can be done hands-on, a few inches above the body or just in your space by connecting heart to heart. If you like, you could receive a Reiki initiation and learn simple breathing exercises and self-treatment methods. Read more.
If you live with a terminal diagnosis or feel that your death is near, guided meditations (visualisation journeys) can help you gather strength and trust for your last journey. They help create a new perspective about the life-death transition. If you feel scared, these meditations can really help.
On your visualisation journey, you may be able to connect to a power animal or find a specific guide who can help you when you pass over. You might also connect with your ancestors and ask them to be at your side.
Soul Midwifery is an approach for giving holistic and spiritual end-of-life support, created by Felicity Warner.
Everything we do will be driven by your needs; I might assist you in making an end-of-life plan that documents your preferences regarding the practical, social, and spiritual aspects of dying. I will listen to your thoughts, hopes and fears and spiritual reflections. And I can help you explore what kind of legacy you like to leave behind (book of memories, stories for grand children, etc).
Support for Carers of Dying People
(Friends, Family, End-of-life Practitioners)
As an end-of-life carer you give a lot. Might it be time that you do something for yourself? Would you like to explore how to gather new strength, and learn how to relax and to take care of your needs? You may like to gain more trust in yourself or bring a new perspective to your work?
I can support you with a mix of methods for mind, body and spirit, using Soul Midwifery, Reiki, Tai Chi, guided meditations, mindfulness training and coaching.
Tender Loving Care
Do you support a friend or a relative who is dying? Do you work as a volunteer or professional in a hospice, hospital or nursing home? This course will give you additional skills and inspiration for your task. Tender Loving Care (TLC) for Caregivers, was created by Felicity Warner, Founder of the Soul Midwife School, to help soothe and balance people at the end of their life.
Please contact us if you like to offer a TLC course in your institution.
I offer End-of-life Reiki training that is specifically targeted to your task. In half a day, you can be attuned and learn Reiki skills for the bedside. You will also learn how to use Reiki on yourself to find new strength and balance. This course won't give you a Reiki 1 certificate or the credentials to work as a Reiki Healer for the public. However, Reiki skills will come in handy at the bedside of a dying friend or relative.
Ceremonies for Farewell and Grief
If you feel you are at the end of your life, it may be healing and empowering to plan a ceremony that can be done by your friends and family after your death. I can give you some ideas, and I can also show you how to connect with your inner wisdom to get inspiration. We then talk on how to make it a happen, and who needs to be involved. This work can include your writing farewell letters, poems, songs or anything else you would like to leave behind. This work will be done in a loving, calm setting - from the heart, not the head.
If you have lost a loved one and feel you need to ground yourself and - in spite of grieving - step back into your power and beauty, we can create a ceremony together that helps you find more closure.
Example of a Farewell Ceremony.
At Peace with Death
The Sacred Journey
I can live my life to the fullest
once I make peace
with my mortality.
I can lay down my fear
once I know that there are
peaceful ways to go.
I can celebrate my dying part,
once I see
that death is a transition
not the end.
I can appreciate, appreciate
the healing and empowerment that
when I go home.
(written by Angela, Fireside Lodge client, after a drum meditation)
It is time to let go.
You are safe and loved and you are not alone.
Just fall into my arms and sleep.
You don’t have to make things happen; they will happen on their own. Let me hold you, just let go. Don’t resist.
You are doing well, like a feather falling from the sky. Sink back into soft-feathered wings.
You are working hard, delving deep into yourself, like a chrysalis changing to a butterfly.
Of course, you are weary, change is hard work. Your body is tired.
Don’t be frightened. Trust, love and all will be well.
(written by Tan Shen Elderton, Soul Midwife, New Zealand - RIP)
The Great Bear
in the skies
will guide me home.
in the skies
will guide me home.