Offering support, knowledge, and depth of spirit to those nearing the end of life
In my work as an End of Life Consultant, I offer my services as a CompassionateGuide to those nearing the end of their life. My role is one of deep listening to the needs and desires of the patient, helping to create the environment that is uniquely right for this person to promote peace. Whether the patient feels more comfortable with visitors, music, facing a window viewing nature, and many other areas are discussed. I work with the family to help to arrange these things to create the environment that is most conducive to the patient’s ability to go within as needed at this time of life.
I also use my spiritual healing awareness to create sacred space, holding the patient and family in this loving energy. This naturally promotes peace to all present. The caregivers find their anxiety lessened, the patient feels the safety to delve deeper into the transition to the next reality, and a peaceful cohesiveness is experienced by all. The patient is encouraged and assisted in the inner work of dying, and the family is lead to better understand this necessary process.
I personally find great joy in this work, and am blessed to share these parts of myself with these patients and families. This service is an adjunct to their hospice care, and provides the additional support and teaching about the medical plan of care as well as the spiritual experience that helps carry them more gently and easily.
Walking with others through the diagnosis of a serious illness
In my new role as an End of Life Consultant, I am available to help those facing a serious or terminal diagnosis in a variety of ways. I use my deep experience within oncology and hospice nursing to offer guidance, teaching, and support.
As a serious diagnosis unfolds, there is a myriad of tests, medical appointments, and complex information to understand and relay to concerned family members. Most often, the client and the family are anxious and worried; these emotions prevent them from the full absorption of the information and options that are offered. As a Care Coordinator, I walk with the client through this process, helping to coordinate and attend appointments with them. In this way, I act as their advocate and am available to accurately reinforce the information that was given. I am available to repeat this as often as needed, to assure that the client understands and is ready to make the decision that is right for him. I also help to reassure out of town family members (that are designated by the client) with thorough and compassionate information about the client’s health and prognosis. Adult children living out of the area can then be confident that they are receiving accurate information, and that their parent has a knowledgeable guide walking alongside during this process.
My work with those nearing death is in transition from hospice nursing to acting as an independent consultant. I so love working with people at this time, and now am stepping into a role as guide and support. I will offer my Reiki Master (Japanese healing technique) training to help create sacred space to enhance the inner work involved in the transition to the next life. I am excited to now act as an adjunct to hospice, to add the depth of my presence to help in additional ways. I feel blessed to begin this work.
Spring is here, some days in all her glory, others I must look hard to see it is here. These past weeks have held special significance to me as it was a year ago that my youngest granddaughter was born simultaneously with the publication of my book, Sally: A Memoir. It has been an intensely full year as many other parts of my family and work life burst forward also. The list is long and I feel grateful for each one of these milestones…I pause today to savor each one and bless the rebirth that this year is already holding.
In our new home, we are slowly personalizing our space. We’ve lived here almost a year, and have savored this home and yard’s beauty daily. Yet the long winter’s darkness cried out for a fireplace to carry us through. We had enjoyed our outdoor fire pit until the subzero blast took over in November, leaving us without the cozy warmth that only fire can produce. And my soul spoke loudly too, calling for the lacking element that my vision and dreams need to help them stay vibrant and alive.
We added a wonderful free standing stove this week. We are indulging in the beauty and warmth that it adds visually and physically to our space, and our gratitude for the long awaited placement is keen. I already feel the boost to my soul with renewed clarity of purpose and energy to move forward. When I listen to my deepest need, my inner voice, and just my plain human want….it’s amazing what changes happen!