My role as a Soul Midwife
As a Soul Midwife I work as a non-medical, holistic companion who guides and supports the dying in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
I offer compassionate care and support to clients and their families at any stage of their illness, often from the point of diagnosis through to the end of life.
My role is to listen, offer gentle therapeutic guidance and support and to ensure compassionate care at all times. The nature of the support I offer may be practical, holistic, emotional or spiritual.
I generally continue working with the family after their loved one has died, supporting them through the funeral and the early stages of bereavement.
My training and experience
I trained with Felicity Warner in 2009, completed an apprenticeship period at St. Luke's Hospice in Plymouth and have worked in hospices, hospitals and privately in people's homes ever since.
I am currently the South West Mentor for newly-trained Soul Midwives, supporting trainees during their 6 month apprenticeship.
I also teach the Soul Midwives' School's award-winning TLC (Tender Loving Care) Compassionate Community Course, and run regular Soul Midwife supervision/peer support groups and CPD workshops.
Practical Support at End-of-Life
- gently facilitating those often difficult conversations with family, friends and medical professionals
- gently supporting you to ask any questions about your condition or discuss any concerns you may be too nervous to address with others
- helping you create a memory box, organise photos, write letters or find other ways to communicate your feelings with family or friends
- exploring ways to complete, or come to terms with, unfinished business
- Signposting you to other professionals who can support your specific needs, such as community care teams, specialist counselling services,
- supporting you through the process of writing a will, advance directive (living will) or lasting power of attorney
- Creating end-of-life plans together or talking about your funeral wishes (what you want and what you don't want)
Holistic Support at End-of-Life
- Sounding healing
- Soothing head, hand and foot massage
- Gentle foot and hand reflexology
- Mindfulness and guided meditation
- Breathing exercises
Emotional Support at End-of-Life
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
Spiritual Support at End-of-Life
In traditional cultures around the world, death has always been regarded as an important rite of passage, an initiation, a journey across a spiritual threshold. Modern soul midwives are able to draw on these ancient skills and traditions, applying them to our modern world and using them to ease the passage of those who are dying.
Felicity Warner, www.soulmidwives.co.uk