• Would you like any religious ceremonies or rituals prior to death, or any singing, chanting or poems to be spoken aloud?
• Who would you like to have (or not have) with you? • Are there any outstanding issues (relationships, emotional, be resolved?
• How long would you like to be left after you have died before you are removed and prepared for burial or cremation?
Also, remember... Dying people’s senses are unusually heightened, and hearing is the final sense that we lose. Even if
If you are sitting with someone who is dying, avoid difficult conversations. Speak gently and tell them what you are doing, or who is coming to visit them. If you have to leave the room (even for five minutes), let them know.
someone appears to be deeply asleep, remember that they can still probably hear you and understand what you are saying.
A lot of people are worried that they won’t know what to say to someone who is dying. The most important thing is to tell them that they are loved and that their lives have had meaning.
Felicity's book Gentle Dying – A simple Guide to Achieving a peaceful death was published by Hay House last year and her next book Safe Journey Home comes out next Spring.
Felicity Warner runs the Soul Midwives Foundation www.soulmidwives.co.uk
a unique training project for
Soul midwives- who work on a one- to- one basis with those in the last stages of life supporting the spirit and soul enabling people die with dignity and attain a soulful death. She runs many courses from her home in Dorset and also lecturers in Hospices and to complementary therapists across the UK
Concern over Sky Lanterns – by Leo Hickman
The National Farmers' Union has joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in expressing deep reservations about the continued sale of paper lanterns containing tea-light candles. In recent years, the lanterns have become popular at outdoor events, such as wedding receptions and music festivals, with revellers lighting hundreds and watching them float off into the night sky to a chorus of "oohs" and "aahs". But what goes up must come down, and farmers in particular have become increasingly concerned that livestock might swallow a lantern's wire or bamboo frame, or, even worse, that fires might break out in hay barns. "If swallowed, the wire could puncture the stomach lining, and in some cases this could prove fatal," says Mike Thomas, a NFU spokesman. "There's also a good chance that the wire could get wrapped around an animal's foot and become embedded in the skin, which would be terribly painful." Elsewhere, coastguards say lanterns, which can travel for several kilometres and to an altitude of 1,000m before the candle burns out, are routinely mistaken for distress flares. A handful of east Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, have already introduced bans, particularly in the lead up to major festivals.
Tuesday 2 February 2010
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