Death and Dying
We are alive, and so we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of existence, and yet when it happens, we are surprised, caught off guard, often confused.
Dying uncovers the spiritual core of life and unmasks our vulnerability. It raises concrete questions that can have spiritual implications: Where am I going next? What was my life about after all? Was I a good person?
End-of-life Vigiling can provide companionship to people on their journey from life to death and offers the elements for peaceful transition. It can be an opportunity to bring acceptance and reconciliation to the dying and their loved ones.
End-of-life Vigiling is at the heart of dying well. It provides spiritual presence for the dying person and family, and can take many forms. As an Interfaith Minister and Chaplain, I provide mindful presence that can help a person die not only a peaceful death, but also a sacred death, a death that reveres the life that is passing, holds it as precious and of deep value.
I come open to the needs and beliefs of the dying person. My intention is to help them create the atmosphere most beneficial to them, as well as help the family and close friends find their place in this sacred journey. End-of-life Vigiling can facilitate a death that is meaningful and peaceful.
Who would use these services?
Anyone who is in the journey toward end of life might make use of these services. The person themself might ask for a visit, or members of family or a circle of friends might ask for the person. The person might already have the services of hospice, but feels they would like something additional, something more focused on ritual and sacred awareness of the ending of a lived life. It might be a single visit or several, it might be private or others might be invited to join.
Sharon Lopez Mooney, published poet, Interfaith Minister, spiritual coach