We are End of Life Skills Practitioners, – Soul Midwives and Death Priestesses. We provide holistic spiritual comfort and support to those who are dying, and their families, as well as training, to help people understand and reconnect with the ancient knowledge that we all have within us to be able to sit with our own loved ones and offer them support. We are both Butterfly Volunteers (a companion for the dying) at The Lister Hospital in Stevenage, whilst also Volunteering at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes and Bedford Daycare Hospice. Together we have set up Angelic Aurora Gentle Complementary Therapies. Using our skills and knowledge of energy, therapies, working and sitting with those at the end of life and with life-limiting illnesses, we will go into homes of people that can’t get out to hospices, or who just wish to remain in their own homes and still want to have the enjoyable, relaxing and gentle experience that holistic therapies can bring for them.
One of the most important things we can do is LISTEN… and hold the space for the dying person, to provide comfort and continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death they want.
We not only help with the spiritual aspect, on a practical level we can help to create memory books, and death plans, we help with signposting, navigating the confusing red tape that surrounds death and the dying process, before, during and after.
We can be called in by the family of the dying person themselves at any stage. We provide support not just for the dying person but also the families and loved ones.
We work wherever we are needed, within the home, hospitals, hospices and care homes.
Years ago people were born and died at home… often there was a community wise woman, who helped with all the births and deaths, the Doula / Midwife, who was called upon in these situations. Families and the community cared for the sick and the dying, supporting one another ..these processes were (and ARE) a natural part of living. The dying process is very much like the birthing process – hence so much referencing to that with the “midwife” and “doula” names. When we are dying we are transitioning. Dying is the one certainty we have in life, the one thing that unites us and binds us all together, and yet it is the last great taboo of our culture! It is a great honour and privilege to sit with someone as they leave this world.