What Is Soul Midwifery?
The Soul Midwife’s most important role is to provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants. Soul midwifery aims to take the clinical, institutionalised and soul-less feeling away from modern deaths, and instead, ensure that death is a dignified and peaceful experience.
Trained in a variety of holistic and therapeutic techniques, a Soul Midwife provides loving and compassionate care at all times. Using sound, colour, touch and smell to alleviate pain and anxiety, Soul Midwives help to take care of the body and even work with souls after death; providing support not just to the dying person but also to their families and loved ones.
The Principles Of Soul Midwifery
As a Soul midwife, there are 12 key principles I work to at all times. This ensures that I provide the utmost support and respect to a dying person and their families.
- To work as non-medical holistic companions who guide and support a dying person in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
- To support and recognise the individual needs of the dying person and ensure they feel loved and supported.
- To create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person (whether in a hospital, a hospice or at home).
- To respect and honour a dying person’s religious/spiritual or atheist/agnostic beliefs and practices.
- To work as non-denominational, multi-faith practitioners who honour the dying person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife.
- To listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques, and ensure compassionate care at all times.
- To ‘serve’ our friend; not aim to ‘fix’ or ‘rescue’.
- To give healing, using sound, touch, colour, scented oils or other gentle techniques to alleviate pain and anxiety.
- To keep a loving vigil.
- To work holistically with the spirit and soul of our friends at all levels and stages of transition.
- To support families and their loved ones, giving loving care with a human touch
- To provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants.
About Sam Lacey, Soul Midwife
As an advocate for Soul Midwifery, I have trained extensively with The Soul Midwives School, in order to provide a tranquil and nurturing Soul Midwife service.
My training in Soul Midwifery has deepened my commitment to this service to the dying, taking a very human and heart-based approach to the spiritual and sensitive aspects of death.
I work as a Soul Midwife wherever I am needed and will happily come to homes, hospitals, hospices and care homes. Whether the family or the dying person themselves are in need of my service, I am happy to assist at any stage of the dying process, and even after.
Sam Lacey. MGTL, MIPTI, VTCT level3, VHMBT Holistic Therapies, Award in Education and Training (AET), MAR, Level3, Soul Midwife, Hedgerow Herbalist.