Helping People Transition between WorldsCARE
Michele Walters End of Life Consultant.
Whst is an End of Life Consultant?
EOLC’s support people emotionally, physically, spiritually and practically, sometimes as simply as sitting vigil. We assist people in finding meaning, creating a legacy project, and planning for how the last days will unfold.
We provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support at an intensely personal and crucial time. EOLC’s also guide and support loved ones through the last days of life and ease the suffering of grief in its early stages.
We don’t get involved in medical issues. Rather, EOLC’s support clients emotionally, physically, spiritually and practically, stepping in whenever needed. We may be called a few days before someone dies, sitting vigil with them in their last hours, giving hand massages, connecting relatives, making light meals. Or it could be months or even years earlier, after someone receives a terminal diagnosis, keeping them company, listening to their life stories or helping them craft autobiographies, planning funerals.
EOLC’s never tell anyone else how to grieve, we offer advice, but there’s no timeline for grief. Often from the very first event of getting a diagnosis, people are grieving. Their way of life is over. Everyone has suffered some kind of grief, even if they haven’t lost a person.
EOLC’s enrich the dying experience for patients, family members and friends, while strengthening the relationship between medical personell and family/ support people. We provide assistance and guidance with holistic services to individuals and their families during transformative life changes.
As an EOLC, Michele will:
• Provide the family with information about end-of-life choices.
• Provide the family with information about advance directives and other forms, especially those needed for home funerals
• Provide families from culturally diverse communities with the information which helps avoid a gap in care.
• Build a relationship with the client and advocate their needs and wishes, & help them transition between worlds.
• Provide spiritual and emotional support for someone who is terminally ill and their family
• Help the family in administering a person’s final wishes.
• Provide a relaxing environment according to a person’s likes, wishes and needs.
• Serve as a shoulder to cry on, an ear that listens and devoted time to exploring each family individuals fears, questions and concerns regarding life and death.