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There is a wide range of titles used to describe this service to the community, as it is multifaceted. Such as Death Doula, Soul Midwife, Death-walker, End of Life Advocate, Transition Coach etc. They all offer a very similar service. The key role is to empower the dying and their loved ones at a time when there are many important decisions needing to be made. We provide education on available choices regarding end of life, advice on how and when to make these choices, support in how to communicate them & how to have them fulfilled when your voice cannot be heard. We facilitate the provision of a private and peaceful ‘space’ and experience for everyone involved, whilst holding vigil. Either in the home, hospice or residential facility.
In the past the work of supporting End of Life was something we did for each other within our communities. Since then death and dying has become more institutionalised and medicalised. Thus, the art of knowing how to care for each other during the end of life has been lost from our communities. As a result, it is now common to live in a constant state of death denial. We have become a society preoccupied with youth, beauty and health as models of success. We have separated ourselves from the sick and dying and we forget that death will in fact, one day happen to us.
We can assist in identifying any gaps of support before, during and after death and offer a compassionate presence throughout the whole process. It is a community centered response that recognises DEATH as a natural, accepted, and an honored part of life.
Currently, the demand for this type of Death Care is increasing. It is so often mistaken and misunderstood because the environment can often be confronting as well as overwhelmingly medicalised.
We work alongside other professionals, family, and friends – employing a holistic and non- medical skill set. We are a companion to the dying and assist those who are close to find solace, to be held in love and to embrace the process of grieving. The services we offer are normally multi-faceted. We create opportunities to learn what is important to you and how we can serve you best, with the goal to provide unbiased, thoughtful and proactive support.
We are committed to assist you in planning a vision for end of life and support that vision in becoming a reality when the time comes. We advocate your right to choose an end of life which is meaningful to you and consistent with your belief system/values (be it ethical, cultural, religious/spiritual, or personal).
Our services can be provided in the home, hospital, aged care, hospice and or palliative care facilities. Within the community, we create formal and informal situations which raise awareness, inform and increase opportunities in reducing fear, dispelling myths and eliminating taboos around death and dying.
Our aim is to embrace the wisdom of life in death, dying and grieving. Our services can be tailored to the various individual needs and or circumstances with a personalised and holistic approach which empowers individuals and families as they navigate end-of-life care.
We are non-medical and holistic practitioners, experienced death walkers, home funeral guides, massage therapists, ritualists and more. We currently live in the West Australia.
We do not facilitate death, nor do we produce or assist individuals in having a ‘good death’. We do not place judgement or define what a good or bad death.
Together we provide a supportive service walking alongside with you and your loved ones reclaiming death as a sacred communal final rite of passage.
We offer PRE-PLANNING CONSULTATIONS – WORKSHOPS – HOME FUNERALS - HEART CRAFTED & BESPOKE SHROUDS - AFTER DEATH CARE – DEATH RITES - COMPLIMENTARY THERAPIES SUCH AS HOLISTIC MASSAGE & TRANSPERSONAL ART THERAPIES
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Embracing wisdom of life in death - by providing companionship, emotional and or spiritual support, resources and education.
Being a faithful witness to the transition of the process of death and dying, so we all may grow to know the solace of endings.
“May we all grow to know the solace of endings, even as our knees fall to the earth and we believe we cannot go on. May we find within the great wings of death be the truest friend we have ever known, in this human journey.”
I am the creator and director of Finding Solace.My heritage is from the borders of England and Scotland. It is a place famous for its Witches (wise women) Alchemists, Tarts and Whiskey.
My calling in this life is to serve community and initiate positive change. This has taken form and many shapes from being a Youth Worker to Drug Worker to Community Development Worker to Environmentalist to Change Agent to Transpersonal Practitioner, End of life Navigator, to Shroud Designer.
I am a fiercely strong-loving-considerate-creative-loyal-rebellious-mystical-determined-motivated-committed-friend-sister-companion-mother-artist-WOMAN
DEATH, like it is for many, has always been a part of my life and has presented itself many times in my personal life and in my professional life.
My husband died 16 years ago. He was a passionate environmentalist. My experience with the funeral industry was negative, resulting in paying a high amount for everything he did not want to happen. This has impacted my grieving process and still to this day it troubles me to know i was unable to give him what he wished for and he got the exact opposite. It is in his honour and a privilege to be offering a death service in supporting my community fulfil their wishes and create a legacy to celebrate.
Born in Melbourne in 1963. I began traveling at 18 years old and developed an interest in self-help due to personal trauma. I studied extensively in many areas using myself as a Guinea pig. This included metaphysical psychology, various forms of body centered therapies, emotional integration therapy, energy work, Shamanic practices and integral yoga practice. I began to practice as a part time therapist in the mid-eighties as a conjunct to traditional employment. I became a professional full-time practitioner upon completion of my Diploma of Health Science in 2002. Since then I have developed my own business and studied extensively in various alternative therapies. My current calling and support around death began with the death of my father in 1998 and since has been an integral part of my practice. I am one for believing in the importance of not taking myself too seriously and tend to see the funny side of most situations including the present state of the world. As such I am very much a catalyst both consciously and unconsciously and have learned to hold a neutral space regardless.
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