Oxfordshire spiritual director and soul midwife offering a holistic accompaniment on your spiritual journey

For more information please call 07929 618 004
or email julia@life-encounter.com

Soul Midwifery

"Midwifing death may sound like a strange notion, since we usually think of midwives as the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. However, just as we need help in the birthing process, we also need assistance to make this final transition from life to death. While facing our mortality, we can embrace and enhance these rituals by consciously engaging with our own dying and the dying of others."

- Ann Boynton, Making Peace with Death and Dying

Soul midwives are non-medical, holistic companions to the dying who have undergone training to provide spiritual end-of-life care, working towards enabling a peaceful, gentle and dignified death for those in their care.

Their main aim is to:

  • Support the spirit and soul of the patient at all levels and stages of transition.
  • Keep a loving vigil.
  • Create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person.
  • Offer healing using sound, touch, colour and smell.
  • Support families and loved ones up to and after death.

How I work

The services offered by Soul Midwives vary greatly according to the wishes and needs of the person they are working with.

  • If time allows, I like to meet a prospective 'friend' as soon as prognosis has been given, but at any rate as soon as is possible.
  • It is good to aim for a time of growing and establishing the relationship (between 3-6 sessions) where things can be discussed and planned for.
  • Some time later (varies from person to person and situation) I will be available during the active dying phase (around the last three days or so) - as much as I am wanted/needed.
  • Guideline fees: £40.00 - £50.00 per session (to be discussed at the initial meeting).

I would be delighted to discuss things further with you if there is any chance that I may be able to help in your situation.

Contact me in complete confidence for an initial chat on 07929 618 004 or email julia@life-encounter.com.

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"Let nothing disturb you,
Nothing frighten you;
All things are passing;
God never changes;
Patient endurance
Attains all things;
Whoever possesses God
Lacks nothing;
God alone suffices."
- Teresa of Avila

Soul Midwives - www.soulmidwives.co.uk