In the upcoming workshop, Companioning A Death Transition We cover four areas: Conscious Death, The Mythic Senses, Dreamwalking and Practical Considerations For Companioning A Death In The Home.
Let’s begin with Conscious Death. Conscious death is usually eclipsed by denial, disease and the drugs used to manage disease. The real question is, What does a Conscious Death look like? The first indicator is that the dying person is aware that they are dying AND they don’t fight the process. If you’re kicking and screaming, then you aren’t conscious. Chances are very good that you’re sedated.
Awareness of approaching death should occur months in advance. Impending death should not be news given by a doctor. The dying person forgoes treatment and interventions that prolong dying. They choose the place of death and, they decide when to voluntarily stop eating and drinking. There are a few more attributes to a conscious death but those are the big ones. If the elements I’ve just mentioned are present, then the person has a chance of releasing the story and having a conscious death.
The Mythic Senses differ from the human senses in one important way. Human senses are based in the body and biology. Mythic senses are not restricted to the body You are familiar with the Mythic Senses because you use them, albeit infrequently. I’ve already mentioned one of the Mythic Senses—Awareness. Awareness is consciousness. Awareness is not mindfulness. Nor has consciousness anything to do with the mind or mental processes. I’ll mention one other Mythic Sense—the imagination. The Mythic Imagination is how we create the life of our dreams. Artists, musicians and creative folks understand and use the mythic imagination. We get into the other three Mythic Senses in the workshop and you’ll use all of them in Dreamwalking.
Dreamwalking is the what makes the Salish Sea Hospice Project’s approach to death care unique. Dreamwalking will change your perception of the what the death transition is. Everyone is familiar with Dreamwalking because everyone dreams however, most of us do not dream consciously and therefore forget the content. Dreamwalking is the experiential part of the workshop. We actually doa Dreamwalk into the near earth realms, the same place the majority of dying people pass through. If you’ve experienced an after death communication or ADC, then you have a feel for how Dreamwalking might begin.
We’ll cover some the practical Considerations For Companioning A Death In The Home. This is where we share experience at the deathbed. One topic we examine is how to establish a relationship with the dying person. We’ll begin with the three most important questions to ask a dying person. When they are answered, both of you will have a way forward. We will address who will be the primary care-giver. Can you do both? Can you be the Companion AND the primary care-giver? Spouses and partners often find themselves in this situation. Experience tells us that not many can pull it off. We talk about the reasons why.
Companioning A Death Transition prepares you sit at the deathbed—any deathbed. You will gain the skills that encourage the dying person to find an energetic pathway to the non-physical realms in a way that is appropriate for them. Last but not lease, your death, when you decide to let go, will be conscious.