Do you feel like you don’t even have time for a cup of tea and every last bit of energy is being given to a loved one?
Guided support from Astrotessa will help you build resilience, be more present with your loved one and teach you how to open up complex and important conversations. Take time for yourself in the midst of caring for others.
Being with my mother when she died, awakened a need in me to learn about death. I wanted to know how to be with dying people.
In 2019, Midwifing Death with Dr Michael Barbarto, a well-known Palliative Care physician, taught me about the death process and the importance of truth-telling and deep listening. In 2020, Spiritual Care for Life training accredited me to work in hospital and aged care settings, and to stay with what the person gives me, empathise with their situation and reflect back the inner resources they draw upon when faced with illness or major change.
In 2021, as a Violet Initiative Guide, I support caregivers to discover their dying person’s wants and needs. The aim is to reduce the regret experienced after the person has passed. Running a Death Café for my community has improved our death literacy and our capacity for conscious living.
These lived experiences deepen my empathy for your life-death caring journey.
Nourish yourself as you care for others.