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The Art of Death Midwifery: An Introduction and Beginner's Guide Paperback – April 27, 2009
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Doctor of interfaith Divinity and 18-year death midwife St. Pierre introduces the practice of assisting the dying as they transition from the physical world to the nonphysical. The book serves as a guide for professionals who frequently encounter death: nurses, hospice workers, etc., as well as those preparing to serve someone close to them during the last days. St. Pierre stresses the ability to sit with acceptance and love in the presence of pain and suffering and to honor the choices and belief systems of the patients. She also teaches methods of matching their states of consciousness to stay connected throughout the experience. Allowing for patients' different backgrounds, the author includes prayers, breathing and meditation techniques from various spiritual traditions as proper preparation for the role as conduit for divine energy and of the creation of a sacred space. A brief discussion of brainwave frequencies and the 13 phases of death--charted as "the Deathing Spectrum"--help to demystify the process, as do stories from St. Pierre's years of personal experience. Her tales of communication from beyond the grave may compromise her credibility for some, despite the bit of scientific support she gives for communication with the unseen world. References to death guides from myth and religion build appreciation for her profession, but it is when the author describes the intimate loss of loved ones (dogs, parents and best friends) that she connects readers on an intimate level with gritty, nearly uncomfortable emotion. An essential read for those ready to offer time, love and service during the big transition. --Kirkus Discoveries
About the Author
- Publisher : BookSurge Publishing (April 27, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439229066
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439229064
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #516,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm totally at ease with the continuation of life beyond what we can see. I've been listening for years to all the music she talked about, been blessed with so many messages of love and encouragement by my guides and angels during meditation, been honored to be bedside during the last days and minutes of people's lives, have helped them, often when they seem to be in coma, do what I've always called "putting their life to rest (reviewing important experiences in their life, truly feeling the emotions and beauty of those moments, then letting them go)," dreamwalking and other activities. I've done it intuitively and on many occasions wondered where it came from or if it was real.
Not understanding what this gift was it's been difficult to find the perfect spot in which to be of service. But this book gives me new direction and a sense of identity that gives me more clear purpose.
And for that I'm grateful. And humbled.
Thanks for writing the book. When the author sent it out she didn't know where it was going, but it found its way to me.
Taking all that into consideration, the book would be good for someone who wants to add to their own knowledge base regarding ministering to the dead using alternative or non-traditional faiths and techniques. However, the book jumps between different traditions a lot. One moment St. Pierre will be talking about angels and then healing with chakras followed by telepathic communication with the patient. I'm not a complete skeptic regarding those ideas but the mishmash of metaphysical techniques and ideas isn't really helpful for the average person beginning on the path of death midwifery or EoL counselling.
I was very pleased with this book and definitely recommend it if you are in this line of work.
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This book addresses a new direction for end of life care based upon the knowledge that was common only a few decades ago. This movement will be critical as western society is faced with the aging baby boomer generation and the limitations of the medical care and long term care.
As with the birth midwifery movement, so comes the death midwifery movement.
A fantastic read, full of great information and long overdue!