What is a
They are holistic in approach, non-religious and inclusive. They are non-medical, but work alongside the wider care team, using non-invasive, complementary techniques.
My main aim as a Soul Midwife is to:
- Support the spirit and soul of the patient (my friend) at all levels and stage of transition
- Keep a loving vigil
- Create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person
- Use a range of gentle therapies to soothe and reassure, involving the use of the senses – sound, touch, colour and smell
- Be an advocate for my friend and support families and loved ones up to, during and after death
Ann Boynton “Making Peace with Death and Dying”
How I work as a Soul Midwife
During this time and if appropriate, we might spend time making an end of life care plan, finding ways to honour precious memories, working through old losses/griefs/ways of resolution, using therapies if requested, such a ‘soothing touch’, reiki, visualization techniques, meditation and prayer, ‘creating a peaceful place’, at my friend’s pace – (not mine).
I will ensure that I am available during the last three days or so – and as much as I am wanted. I am happy to vigil at the bedside if required and will be available for after-care, whatever that may be.
Safety and accountability are very important to me: