“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’
Soul Midwives are non-medical, holistic companions who guide and support the dying in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
Soul Midwives (both men and women) regard every dying person as if he, or she, is the most important person in the world. All are cared for as if they are a cherished family member.
They offer a range of gentle therapies to soothe and reassure and are skilled advocates and advisors.
They are non-denominational in their pastoral support, encouraging deep conversation, with love and dignity.
Their work may begin from point of diagnosis and continue until the final day of life, with encouragement and support to live life fully, until the end.
Soul Midwives are helping to transform the personal and collective experiences of dying and living, within the community, by helping anyone facing the end of life to experience a tender, peaceful and conscious death.
The Soul Midwife’s most important role is to provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience a tranquil and dignified end to life.
We all die. But there are good deaths, and not such good deaths. Most of us hope to die, pain free, at home, with our loved ones around us, given the choice. But not many of us actually achieve this. Most modern deaths are, at best, efficient but clinical, institutionalised, functional and soul-less. Soul Midwives ensure that death is a dignified and peaceful experience.
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.
Soul Midwives lovingly assist and accompany a dying person on their journey, and can provide their services within a home, hospital or hospice.
“Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening, nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.”