Dionne is an End-of-Life Companion which is part of the Soul Midwives movement in holistic and spiritual palliative care for those people whose lives are coming to an end. Dionne lovingly assists and accompanies a dying person on their journey, and can provide her services within a home, hospital or hospice. She was a psychiatric social worker for many years and completed her End-of-Life Companion training at the Soul Midwives School in 2018. She then completed an accredited Tender Loving Care (TLC) End of Life Care training course developed by Felicity Warner, the founder of the Soul Midwife Movement. Prior to this however Dionne also gained a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic School of Natural Health where she has been a mentor for their aromatherapy students for several years. Dionne also practices other complementary therapies.
Being an End-of-Life Practitioner to the dying means being a compassionate companion to support people through the process of dying. This has necessitated the range of knowledge, new skills and experience Dionne had acquired over many years. She came into this role because of a long personal and professional journey, having like many others experienced the death of friends and close relatives and also in her previous profession where many deaths occurred for many reasons.
Dionne passionately believes that anybody who is facing the end of their life can benefit from the services of an End-of-life companion. They regard every dying person as if he, or she, is the most important person in the world. Her role is non-medical and is non-denominational in pastoral support, encouraging deep conversation, with love and dignity. Her work may begin from the point of diagnosis and continue until the final day of life, with encouragement and support for living life fully, until the end. Dionne’s energy lies in helping to transform the personal and collective experiences of dying and living within the community, by helping anyone facing the end of life to experience a tender, peaceful and conscious death. This has been the most cherished and rewarding aspect of her work – which she refers to as a “Sacred Profession.” She is encouraged by the growing awareness in the public domain that is gaining momentum now, that speaking about Death is no longer a taboo subject but on the contrary is a rational and healthy thing to do.
Regarding it as a privilege and an honour to be invited to be alongside people at the end of their life-journey, Dionne recognises that sadly, with the best will in the world, busy clinical staff do not always have the time to spend with the dying person and so the emphasis is also about how she can employ her time supporting those who have little time i.e. other professionals who are involved with the dying person at whatever level.
So far, my personal and working life seem to be merging in a full circle. As I get older, I am of course aware of my own life-journey which will have its inevitable end and this is a reality which has led me to inner exploration on a spiritual level about my life’s ultimate meaning. This personal journey has informed and helped me to employ a range of knowledge, skills and experience as an integrative care practitioner to try to ensure that “quality of death” has the same status as the oft-quoted phrase “quality of life”.
“Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening, nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
End-of-Life Companion & Tender Loving Care (TLC) End-of-Life Care Trainer.
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