“It is important to approach dying with a strong back
and a loving heart.”
—Roshi Joan Halifax (paraphrased)
"We are all walking each other home.”
There are ways to honor a person who left us in a way that helps us with our grief and brings loving service to their last days. There are also ways to provide a strong and comforting legacy for all who loved them.
Vigils and Memorials:
As we walk with our loved one during their end of life, we can set the tone to be of honor and grace. This training can help you and your family plan the final vigil, including who attends to objects and songs that reflect their personal journey. The same holds true if help is needed for the final memorial service.
Spirits Connecting offers training for those who are committed to the compassionate and empowering approach of service to a person who is dying. This training is led by Joan, who trained through NODA (No One Dies Alone). Joan will coach you on providing a loving presence during the dying process. Her experience in supportive companionship to both the dying and the loved ones involved helps many on their journey of grief and healing. You can read more about Joan in the “Meet the Team” section of this website.
Through her training with INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association) Cheryl can work with the family and the person dying on creating a personalized vigil that creates a powerful goodbye customized by those who matter most. Joan has helped many in providing a meaningful vigil, and both have developed personalized memorial services.
Legacies: Cheryl and Joan will help you create a legacy of their lives in whatever form.
Cheryl is skilled in providing short memorial pieces for the family to share that memorializes the beloved person who has passed. (Link to Einar’s blog). Cheryl also writes biographies for families who want to capture the unique life led by the person who is passing or has passed. If help is needed in crafting an obituary that captures the essence of the person being honored for their life, Cheryl is able to help with that.
The Path of Love
Our classes are derived from training from the teachers who have done the hard work of learning how to help the dying experience be one of loving kindness. Cheryl and Joan use the skills not only from professional training, but also from such spiritual teachers in this field such as Ram Dass, Mirabai Bush, Frank Ostaseski, and Roshi Joan Halifax. These and many others have brought a compassionate approach to the realm of dying to alleviate the sterile environment of medical activity by empowering loved ones and the dying to reach a wholehearted goodbye.
Photo by Joan Amero