End of Life

Spiritual Care

‘My religion is very simple; My religion is kindness’ ~HH Dalai Lama

Spirituality can be expressed in many different ways, it is subjective and personal to the individual.  Whether someone chooses to express their spirituality through religious faith and practices or not, humans are motivated to seek meaning to the bigger questions in life, such as Why is this happening? What does it mean? What happens when I die?   This is particularly highlighted when one’s sense of meaning, values, beliefs and purpose are disrupted through things such as serious illness, major changes, loss and grief.

Spiritual care is a professional friendship providing a holistic approach to the emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing of individuals, their family and loved ones.  It is a relationship and connection that involves bearing witness to another’s experience in their life ‘in the now’, with a willingness and motivation of love, care and kindness, sitting attentively with a listening ear, an open heart, and validating while being with another in their life journey.

Spiritual care is not about delivering something to another, rather it is a particular way of being that acknowledges there is an inner deep dimension, a spiritual essence which is within all of us.

Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh.

Spiritual care can help with issues related to:

  • Chronic illness, including terminal disease
  • Sense of loss of control
  • Relationships and belonging
  • Belief, meaning and purpose
  • Loss and grief
  • End of Life
  • Death and bereavement
  • Coping strategies

Deathwalker / Doula

As a deathwalker / doula I offer continuing care, and information, which includes emotional, spiritual, and practical support.  This is based upon an individual’s and their loved ones needs, wishes and requirements.  I can offer guidance and support anywhere along your path from diagnosis, treatment, recovery, dying, ceremony and bereavement support for your loved ones.

  • I  can walk with, or accompany you on your end of life journey, including your family and friends.
  • I can provide guidance, support and care, and be a resource to inform, empower and enable you, your family and friends, to be open, and courageous, through dying, death, loss, and ceremony.
  • I am a person who walks my own journey towards death openly,  and courageously in the best way I can.