‘A good death is an extraordinary, moving and sacred experience. It can also have a healing quality, not only for the person who is involved but their families, friends and the wider community.’
- Felicity Warner, Gentle Dying
What is Soul Midwifery?
From early diagnosis to bedside vigils, a Soul Midwife offers to support holistically a dying friend. Soul Midwifery works as part an integrative approach to palliative and end of life care and aims to bridge the healthcare of the individual with death care.
The Soul Midwife’s most important role is to provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she desires.
Principles of a Soul Midwife
To work as non-medical holistic companions who guide and support a dying person in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
To support and recognise the individual needs of the dying person and ensure they feel loved and supported.
To create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person (whether in a hospital, a hospice or at home).
To respect and honour a dying person’s religious/spiritual or atheist/agnostic beliefs and practices.
To work as non-denominational, multi-faith practitioners who honour the dying person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife.
To listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques, and ensure compassionate care at all times.
To ‘serve’ our friend; not aim to ‘fix’ or ‘rescue’.
To give healing, using sound, touch, colour, scented oils or other gentle techniques to alleviate pain and anxiety.
To keep a loving vigil.
To work holistically with the spirit and soul of our friends at all levels and stages of transition.
To support families and their loved ones, giving loving care with a human touch
To provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants.
Support with Advance Care Planning.
Support with your end of life wishes.
Support with funeral planning and choices.
Support and advice with rehoming your pet.
Emotional support and companionship with euthanising pets/preparing a good death for your pet.