“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.”
The Art Of Sacred Dying
The sacred dying mission is concerned with bringing spirituality, through presence and ritual, into the physical act of dying. Its implementation facilitates the creation of a setting where death is experienced with honor, respect and sacredness. Sacred Dying can be as simple as being present with a loved family member, or as complicated as transforming the vision our entire society. It is a valued approach to providing spiritual aid to the dying and their loved ones.
Sacred Dying involves both the body and soul in the greatest transition we are ever called upon to make.
Death is inevitable, but no one should die alone. In Western societies, many have lost touch with the spiritual aspect of death and dying. To our ancestors, death was no secret, they knew what dying looked like. They knew how to sit at a deathbed.
We live in a time when advanced medicine wards off death. Modern western culture has forgotten the needs of the soul which is preparing to make the most sacred of journeys, this adventure which should be filled with reverence and awe, is instead fraught with fear, turmoil and anguish. It does not need to be this way!
Slowly people are reawakening, realizing that somehow we are misunderstanding something important about the great mystery called death.
With the birth of Death Doulas, which is a relatively new concept in South Africa, the terminally ill and their families are now able to utilize the services of trained and certified death doulas. Sacred Dying South Africa – Embracing The End Of Life, has no agenda other than to be of service. It is the gift of being present for the dying person and their family, to be willing to create and hold sacred space so that the the one dying will feel safe to engage in the great labor of making the transition back into the afterlife.