Something very spiritual happens when we sing; opening our bellies and hearts and throats to give voice to beauty. As someone who is easily crushed by even a frown in the direction of my singing voice I testify the courage that it takes to be heard and to be conscious of what your voice creates; … Continue reading Swan Song: voice and silence at death
"Spirituality" can be such a misunderstood, oft bandied about, never fully understood, utterly pointless (at times) word. I mean really... what does "spiritual" even mean? There are some fairly easily googled definitions of dubious merit ranging from defining matters of spirit and soul as opposed to the physical and material to defining spirituality in relation … Continue reading Spirituality and “Death and Dying”
Yesterday we announced our first annual retreat which we have called the Griefkeepers Gathering 2018. Hopefully this will be the first of many. The "gathering" seems to me to be happening anyway, generally, perhaps it is as we become ever more conscious of our role in this life as stewards of the sacred thresholds and … Continue reading Gathering the Griefkeepers
For our inaugural blog for the "Red Tent End of Life Doula Preparation" training I will begin with addressing one of the most commonly asked questions: Why do we call ourselves "Doulas"? As this blog unfolds if anyone would like to ask Awen and myself (Alexandra) a question to be explored please do get in … Continue reading Why do we call ourselves “Doulas”?