Death & Dying: Healing for the Transition

The greatest events that confront us in the human experience
are, without question, the transitions into the body at birth,
and out of the body at death. Death can come to us in as many
ways as there are stars in the sky, and however it comes, the
understanding that it is as natural as life itself is one of
the most profound lessons we can ever learn. Whether death
is sudden and unexpected, the culmination of years of illness,
or as gentle as falling asleep at the end of a long day, there
is much that the shamanic practitioner can do to bring help
and healing for an individual’s final journey.

Shamans have long been known as healers of the living, the dying
and the dead. Shamanic healing, in the case of someone who
is dying, can mean easing the effects of physical suffering,
helping to calm fear and anxiety about death, and summoning
the abundance of spiritual support that is available for the
transition out of the body. This is some of the shamanic
practitioner’s most sacred work. As healers who have learned
to walk in two worlds, shamanic practitioners can become
familiar with the regions that are the destination of human
souls after they leave the body. This familiarity allows them
to offer comfort and support in ways that may be much needed
by a dying person and their loved ones.

People who are dying may have serious questions about what will
happen to them, or where they will go - questions that are
rooted in our cultural neuroses and denial about the
naturalness of death, and which can interfere with their
ability to be at peace. Unlike many religious systems that
dominate our culture, shamanism is free from doctrines that
prescribe answers to these profound end-of-life questions.
Instead, the shamanic practitioner can journey to the
compassionate spirits and bring back healing information
that is needed by each individual, to help them prepare for
their transition.

As with every kind of shamanic healing work, healing for the
dying process is always done with the permission of the
individual. If permission can not be obtained verbally,
because the person is incommunicative due to heavy medication
or coma, the shamanic practitioner can journey to the soul of
the dying person, and ask if they would like to receive help
and healing. If the answer is yes, the shamanic practitioner
can ask what the person needs, and can facilitate those needs
being met, whether they are physical or spiritual in nature.

Often, there is unfinished business that a dying person has been
unable to communicate to their family, and which is hindering
a peaceful transition. There may be someone the person is
waiting to see. There may be loved ones who have already
passed on, whom the dying person would like to have come and
meet them. Many times, given our cultural avoidance of
familiarity with death’s natural processes, a dying person
may simply not know what to do, or where to go when they leave
their body. They may be unaware of the extent of spiritual
support that is available from compassionate spirits, angels
and divine beings of all kinds, to assist them in making the
greatest transition of their life. With permission, the
shamanic practitioner is able to journey and meet the dying
person, and help them to see and move towards the support that
is waiting for them.

When a person has come to the end of their life, compassionate
support for their passing can be the greatest healing for
them and their loved ones. Please contact me any time if
you would like to talk further about shamanic healing for
someone who is dying, or who has recently died.

           Shamanic Divination
           Power Animal Retrieval
           Extraction Healing
           Soul Retrieval
           Death and Dying: Healing for the Transition
           Psychopomp Healing
           Depossession Healing
           Space Clearing

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