What is a Death Midwife?

 A Sacred Passing's Scope of Practice  

A Death Midwife is a trained professional with expertise and skills in supporting the dying person and the support network of family, loved ones, and friends, to maintain the highest quality of life during the end-of-life process. Death Midwives are often called Home Funeral Guides. Death Midwives provide the dying person with individualized care uniquely suited to physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. They are a non-medical supportive companion and guide to assist the dying person toward a more conscious dying experience.  A Death Midwife usually offers a variety of options and seeks to minimize unnecessary interventions at the end of life. 


A Death Midwife 


  • Understands that death and dying are a normal life process.
  • Understands the physiology of death and that the emotional needs of the dying are unique and can change.
  • Assists the dying person by preparing for and carrying out the death plan.
  • Stays by the side of the dying person throughout the dying process.
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance in getting the necessary information to make informed decisions.
  • Facilitates communication between the dying person, support network, and medical providers.
  • Helps the dying to leave the body in the most graceful, supported manner possible.
  • Offers spiritual support as appropriate for the dying person and supporters.
  • Aides families in reclaiming the healing ritual of a home vigil, wake, and/or funeral.
  • Assists  in preparing and adorn the body for burial, cremation, aqumation and recomposition.
  • Assistance with death-related paperwork. 
  • Facilitates the transportation of the body.
  • Facilitates the final disposition.

Midwives

Lashanna Williams

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  LMT, Minister, Death Doula/Midwife 


 

Using and fully trusting in all 6 senses is

the root to how Lashanna engages with death. This practice creates a wide lens for her to see, hear, touch, smell, taste and trust in the process of death. 

 

As a massage therapist Lashanna saw how 

the dying rarely experienced non-investigative touch.   Hospice volunteering opened her eyes to the current reality of dying in America, specifically, marginalized humans. Lashanna sought to create pockets for less fear around death and, if possible, an understanding. Being able to die in a manner that honors the life lived, can be important for the dying and 

for those who remain.  

   


 In her work, she holds a space in dying for the genuine honoring of life, spirit and of choices. “My path to death work came through touch,” she says. “Mine is nurturing and loving, whole and soft, confident and safe, strong and unwavering."

Kristi Krein

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 MA, Minister, Death Doula/Midwife


 

Honoring and celebrating the body has been central to Kristi's work as a caretaker, activist, and artist throughout her entire life. Kristi came to death work through a career in home health care. 


 For nearly a decade, Kristi's been working with people to help them live on their own terms through individualized personal care, pursuing continuing education in Alzheimer's, dementia, and palliative home care. Believing that death is an essential chapter of our lives, they began to learn about how compassion and creativity might empower us to die in ways that reflect our sense of individual expression and how critical knowledgeable support is in facilitating these choices.


Kristi passionately defends our right to live and die on our own terms through years of volunteering, organizing, and directing nonprofit organizations. They celebrate and elevate holding people tenderly through the last moments of their sacred earthly lives.

Doulas

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Our team of Death Midwives, Doulas and volunteers is made from a beautiful growing community here in the Greater Seattle Area.  Applicants must have completed ASP Death Doula Level 1 &2 for an apprentice role or employment. 

Please send your completed application to info@asacredpassing. org