is a sacred ritual of the soul. It is the transition from one form
of being to another. To be present for someone at the time of their
passing, and actually be able to usher them into the next world
is truly a gift and a blessing. I am proud to have done this for
my mother, and for a good friend.
is also important to help a dying person prepare for this transition.
I am always happy to assist anyone in this capacity as well.
Vermont we have a law that allows us to have home funerals. Several
of our friends had exercised this right, so when my mother died
a while ago, I thought it only fitting for her to have the most
beautiful funeral I could fashion. I asked a friend to make her
a coffin, I padded it myself and lined it with the finest silk velvet
I could find. When she passed I and a group of my closest women
friends washed her body ceremonially with blessed rose water and
dressed her ourselves. Then we transported her body to my home where
she was laid in her coffin. I held a wake that evening, vigiled
all night long and friends sang beautiful songs and kept me company.
In the morning we caravanned to the crematorium. Her body was never
left alone from the moment of her death until she was cremated.
Many who attended commented that they wanted a funeral just like
that when they die.
also work with the berieved. Grief counseling before and after the
death of a loved one is highly recommended. The grief will take
its course as all grief must, but if you are allowed the space to
grieve, the stress around it can be greatly reduced.
then there are those, still healthy and full of life, who wish to
die very consciously and be able to step out of the physical body
in as elegant a manner as possible when their time comes. This takes
experience. Celebrating the many little deaths that take place every
day is a start, but you must build your expertice. I am happy to
facilitate this work.
you would like to contact me regarding a dying person, funeral plans,
grief counseling, or any other issue having to do with death and
dying you may call or email.