Lisa Soul Midwife.
When somebody is reaching the end of life, getting ready to journey on or in a period of trauma or awakening, humanistic thoughts come back to the ages-old questions.
“Why am I here?” “Is this all there is?”
Every Spiritual part of my journey has come back to how to Be and Do, from a place of what,
when and whom?
As a SoulMidwife, how could I support a “Friend” who may be contemplating these human
thoughts and feelings?
I am currently working some nursing shifts in a neurological rehabilitation unit locally. Whenever I approach a resident there, I try to Intuit how they might be feeling following a brain or spinal injury.
This person may not be able to express or share their emotions in a clear verbal manner, so their behaviour will express how they are feeling in the only way they can. How would I feel emotionally and mentally if I could not express myself when physically, I am unable to control my body or walk away when uncomfortable.
If I am privileged enough, as I have been many times in my life, to sit at the bedside of somebody who is dying, how could I bring ease and calm to their journey?, would be the ultimate question
as a Soul Midwife.
By supporting and recognising that person’s Individual needs and wishes what could I offer: Healing, Sound or Oils or gentle Touch Massage, or just be in Silent Loving Vigil.
I would want to allow that person, respect, safety and privacy to reflect, vocalise or in any way express themselves, and offer relief from any anxieties or unfinished thoughts or words.
Any specific rituals that may support the “Friends” needs, whether that be a religious ceremony conducted by their chosen “cleric”, or a blessing of humanistic value to them, I would support and advocate for them. I could bring Meditation/ Visualisation technique, Balancing or remain in Silent Vigil while Holding Space around their spiritual and emotional needs.
It is both an Honour and my Soul passion to be able to offer this servicetoanIndividual, their family, carers or an organisation that values a Human and Spiritual Perspective for a person’s
End of Life Journey.
More About Lisa.
Alongside my nursing career from a very young child in a Catholic and Spiritual upbringing, my journey and passion have had many influences.
During the last 5 years, when I have taught in classrooms and care settings, carers and nurses, the value of Dignity in End of Life Care has been my message.
I have had extensive professional experience with over thirty two years, as a Registered Nurse, Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor.
Most of my career has been in community nursing, in rural and urban areas. I have worked in London and Eastern areas, and in Spain, teams. My speciality has been with vulnerable groups, such as asylum seekers, homeless and traveller communities, and more recently, elder care
and long term conditions.
My experience in the private sector incorporated nurse consultant in a clinic for the expat community in Spain. Insurance Medicals for a private agency in London, as well as a School Nurse for an International School and a Staff Nurse for Elder Care in Gibraltar. More recently I have worked as a Branch Nurse and Trainer for a UK Agency, following several months working as a Specialist Nurse Assessor for Continuing Healthcare, in line with Mental Capacity Act/Advocacy
and Power of Attorney for consent.
AET registered Trainer – Medication, End Of Life, Moving and Handling, Emergency Procedures
and Dignity in Care
One to One training and sign off for complex care, including Tracheostomy, PEG, Cough Assist, Oxygen, Catheters and Controlled MedicationAssessment of families and their children (In accordance with Every Child Matters)
Child Protection/In Need/Looked after Children Reviews Public Health – (Immunisation/cytology)Health Promotion – Including Nutrition (Healthy Schools)Audit and Review Specialist Outreach Clinics and Health Education Care Package/Risk Assessment and one to one support for clients, families and care staff.
Continuous use of IT systems.