Felicity Warner – Soul Midwifery: The Five Stages of Dying – Holistic and Spiritual Care
Can holistic and spiritual care of the dying enrich end of life care?
Dying is a complex spiritual process as well as a medical event.
Felicity says: “Soul Midwives offer spiritual and holistic support to the dying from diagnosis until death (…and slightly beyond).
The Soul Midwifery therapeutic model is based on five distinct phases, where physical and psycho-spiritual markers show how best to support the dying person at each stage. This results in highly individual person -centered death care where the whole person is supported.
People diagnosed with a terminal illness are often in a state of emotional chaos when they begin treatment. I like the analogy of the Japanese art of Kintsugi… putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — a metaphor for holding space while the vessel repairs and becomes perhaps even stronger and more beautiful.
Attention, deep listening and presence may be amongst the greatest gifts we can offer to those facing the end of life. By accompanying them on the inner journey, we may help them to navigate the numerous challenges and opportunities and to face death with a tranquil mind.”
About the speaker:
Felicity Warner, founder of the global Soul Midwives Movement, lectures both nationally and internationally and runs The Soul Midwives’ School, based in Dorset. She has won many awards for her work with the dying and created the idea of soul midwifery after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life. Her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, both in the UK. She was named “End of Life Care champion” by the National Council for Palliative Care and also in “End of Life Doula” in 2017. She is author of four acclaimed books – ‘Gentle Dying and A Safe Journey Home’, ‘The Soul Midwives’ Handbook and Sacred Oils- 20 Precious Oils to heal Spirit and Soul’ and was made an honorary knowledge exchange fellow of The University of Winchester in 2014.
Learn more here: www.soulmidwives.co.uk.
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Felicity WarnerFounder of the Soul Midwives Movement
Felicity Warner is founder of the global Soul Midwives Movement, and principal The Soul Midwives’ School teaching holistic and spiritual care for the end of life. She is also a Myrrhophore (Myrrh-bearing woman), author of the acclaimed book Sacred Oils and lineage holder of this ancient tradition which is linked to Mary Magdalene and Egyptian celestial medicine. She uses Sacred Oils for their energetic properties to re-balance, heal and restore spirit and soul into perfect alignment and harmony.