The crux of the dying phase of life is that death is foreign to all of us, and it scares us to death...pun intended!
This person is someone who is trained to enter your world at this critical time to help you navigate the process of death.
Just as a birthing Doula helps with the hellos to the world, an End of Life Practitioner helps prepare you and your loved ones with the goodbye that you want to send to the world. In-between saying hello and saying goodbye to the world is the curve of life which we generally navigate reasonably well.
The entry and the exit are the struggles.
An End of Life Practitioner will assist you in providing the platform for Your Voice, Your Choice.
An End of Life Practitioner works with the dying person and their loved ones to ensure that the process of death is with dignity and respect.
Most importantly, the expressed wishes of the dying person are met and understood by all those that surround and assist during this period.
There are complexities in the death process. One of the most significant complications is not knowing what to expect next.
An End of Life Practitioner will help educate, listen and act in what is in the best interest of the dying person. The loved ones are not forgotten as death is one of life's most significant stresses.
The End of Life Practitioner understands that loved ones during this time also need assistance, and to this end, End of Life Practitioners are trained and able to assist all those in the circle of care.
The End of Life Practitioner will work with your medical team but is not a medical professional and will not administer or advise on any protocols for medication.
When you hire an End of Life Specialist, you can expect the following 5 supports (5 S’s) to encompass their circle of care:
Encourages the person and their loved ones to express their personal feelings, anxieties, and experiences regarding the challenges of the death process
Encourages a more in-depth knowledge base of the death process and the opportunities for the preparation of each of the stages. What to expect when someone is dying.
Encourages the learning of knowledge and skills to keep the person physically and emotionally comfortable. This will ensure the death is met with respect and dignity.
Encourages a person to reach for higher supports to assist them to find their sense of peace and the meaning within their lives.
Encourages a person and their loved ones to view a holistic approach with the entire network of friends and family. Decisions are made on the Who, What and Where.
Most people who are given a “death sentence” don’t know how to navigate the system and end up learning as they go which causes confusion, stress and emotional upheaval at a time when energy should be focused on your needs and the needs of your loved ones.
To a person who is dying, they want to have a conversation about the process of death.
When the appropriate resources and involved and when the emotional piece of death is as well managed as the physical piece of death you have a death with dignity and respect and really is this not what we are all striving for?
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