When people ask Valoria Walker what an end-of-life doula is, she finds it easiest to explain it this way: “A doula is a woman supporting other women labouring and giving birth. An end-of-life doula is at the opposite end. I support aging adults who are near or at the end of life.”
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Those of us called to pursue a life with intention must do so.
You are part of a fraction of people in our world called to the journey of self-reflection, personal discovery and making sense of life and death. You have both the opportunity and the possibility to be transformed by this journey.
As a person living a conscious life, you must discern how you can be well within yourself and how you can confront and contribute to redressing and reconciling the challenging and ugly realities of our times. We must ‘wake-up before our time’s up’ to turn this tide of grief and destruction into a journey of justice, hope and healing.
Your mortality is an opportunity in disguise.
Someday, you’ll have to let go of everything that you’ve gathered in your life—the people, the possessions, the knowledge, the successes and even the stories that haven’t served you. And what will you take from this life? If you had five minutes left to live, only love would be on your mind. So be in love now!
To live a conscious, intentional life, you’ve got to know who you are and what you stand for. Love is the starting point for clarifying who and what matter most. (See Love is the Answer: Part 1.)
- You’ve got to love yourself to accept who you are, what you’ve done and what you haven’t.
- You’ve got to love yourself to do the personal work of growth and transformation.
- You’ve got to love this planet and all its inhabitants and find your place in the messy, complicated, laborious path of making this world a better place.
All that matters in the end, matters now.
Willow’s 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death self-study online program helps you get the clarity you want which will lead to the action our world needs. The program, with its 11 videos and multiple tools and links, provides the essential foundation for all your pragmatic end-of-life planning. 7 Tools will inspire you to live your best life now because when you explore what matters in the end, you get clarity about what matters now. At your own pace, you’ll be guided to answer powerful questions like these:
- What core values guide your living?
- What hopes and fears do you have about your inevitable death?
- What have you learned from your past experiences with death, dying, grief and bereavement?
- How do you wish to be cared for after you die to reflect your values, beliefs and priorities?
- What will your legacy be?
Consciously exploring death, dying and grief, when cradled with love and experienced as a natural part of the rhythm of life, can be pathways to healing. What the world needs now is healing. Learn more about Willow’s 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death self-study online program by joining us for a free online event on February 2 or 3.
All our love,
Michelle + Reena
What about you?
What’s your experience with waking-up before your time’s up?
How has your mortality been an opportunity in disguise?