I am excited to announce that I have competed the second level of training to become a Death Midwife. I realized after my Dad died how much I didn’t understand about death and the dying process. Mainly because, like grief, we rarely talk about it. As a result, I often felt helpless and uninformed on what my Dad was going through and the many of the choices we were asked to make. I really wanted to take this training to be able to talk about death so I could be better prepared as well as have discussions with my family.
WHAT IS A DEATH MIDWIFE?
A Death Midwife includes the roles of death doula, spiritual counselor, end-of-life caregiver, home funeral guide, funeral planner and celebrant. Death Midwives guide and support individuals and their families through all three stages of the dying process:
BEFORE… upon notice of terminal diagnosis or life-limiting illness
DURING…active dying and death, and
AFTER…unexpected death, final rites, burial or cremation, funeral or memorial and bereavement.
“A Death Midwife shepherds individuals toward a conscious dying experience; guides loved ones in after-death care of the body and empowers families to create personal and deeply meaningful funerals at home.” Sacred Crossings
Death Midwife services include but are not limited to:
– In-home, hospital, or nursing home visits with the family and their loved-one
– Detailed reporting to next-of-kin unable to visit
– Emergency room support after unexpected death
– Holding space while life-support is discontinued
– Support with stillborn and infant death and bringing baby home for a home funeral
– Finding a local, reputable hospice to meet a loved-ones needs
– Assistance with completing advance directives for health care and death care
– Assistance with fulfilling final wishes, healing relationships, and putting things in order
– Spiritual support including guided imagery, meditations, etc. to help alleviate anxiety and suffering
– Guidance with completing the life-review and legacy project
– Help with writing an autobiography or creating a video-biography as a legacy to loved one
– Guidance with after death care of the body for a home vigil and funeral
– Coordinating with funeral home for transportation and cremation
– Assistance with funeral planning
– Celebrant to officiate funerals, memorials and graveside services
I will keep you posted as we begin to incorporate some of these services into our offerings.
Sending you love, comfort and peace!