" I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame..."
When we approach a transformative threshold in our lives, or as we prepare for our deaths, we are moved out of our sense of individual self and beckoned into something larger, something Beyond....
Unfolding along this journey, the veils that ordinarily keep us separate from spiritual Source, become thin, and we are drawn near the Mystery. Perhaps as near as we have ever been.
When offered support to access this unique proximity to Source, we find it provides a deep well of sustenance and comfort, expanding our trust and capacity to move toward the unknown and the unfamiliar dimensions of the living and dying experience. In this way, we experience our fear, our grief, our losses, held by something greater, something at the very Heart of the spiritual world, to which we ultimately Belong.
Dying holds the potential to be the utmost spiritually transformative event in the human life-cycle...
Yet we often lack the adequate support and road maps to accompany us on the journey and help us make sense of the unrecognizable experiences that can accompany this threshold. Spiritually centered end-of-life counseling offers a creative, heart-centered environment in which these experiences can be contextualized and explored, thus inviting the potential for deep spiritual healing where physical recovery or curing may no longer be possible.
Preparing well for this profound passage, requires touching all that we love along the way. This process can ask of us tremendous courage and willingness to stay present with life. As a counselor and guide, familiar with this territory, I walk alongside you, facilitating the voices of this unique transition to surface, bearing witness to and supporting the integration of what arises.
What is asking for release? What is ready to be celebrated? What gifts are yet to be given? What do I need to grieve? How can I allow myself to deeply receive from those who love me? How do I want to live as I am dying? How can I draw close to my spiritual support?
These and other important questions may arise. Together, we will create a sacred vessel to hold the invitations of this time, tending to the unknowns within a deep well of presence and resource.
Sacred Passage Midwife
Like birth, death is a labor that ushers us across sacred waters...
As a midwife to the dying, I am skilled and adept in navigating the final waters of life, and act as an indispensable guide for the dying and their family across the final threshold.
Together, we create a sacred space where:
Grief is the very process by which we transform our lives from a path interconnected with our beloved, to one wherein we can rediscover joy, vitality and engagement, while still honoring their absence...
The loss of someone we love can be one of the most disorienting and trying experiences of a lifetime. Following a loss, the support of the family, friends and healthcare providers who have been our community, return to their lives...yet we are still grieving. If we have been a primary caregiver for our loved one, then we may also grieve the loss of purpose that we found in caregiving, a purpose perhaps more singular and meaningful than any we have felt previously.
Grief is the journey by which we reorganize and rediscover our purpose and identity in life. It is not a sign that something is wrong with us. Rather, it is a sign that the processes of nature are working in and on us accurately. The deeper our attachment to our beloved, the deeper this unwinding must necessarily be. Spiritual Counseling witnesses grief as a sacred space that has a vital place in the unfoldment of a fulfilling life. It supports the bereaved to find resources within the grief that allow space from, and greater flexibility within, its intensity. This leads to increased perspective and meaning-making and hones our navigation skills as we engage the delicate dance between our lives and hearts that grief requires.
When we approach a healing crises or transformative threshold in our lives, our egoic sense of self becomes more porous, and as a consequence, the veils that usually appear to separate us from Source, become thin. This precious doorway lends us access to realms of spiritual and energetic assistance, guidance and support that play a vital part in our growth and healing as human beings.
Shamanism is an ancient healing modality that acknowledges the profound wisdom and intelligence of the life-force energy that infuses and animates all things, material and spiritual, alike. When we engage spiritual healing from a shamanic point of view, we turn our attention to this energetic world, “unseen” to our physical senses, yet very much alive, participating and interpenetrating our known reality. As we do so, we find countless energies and forces, whose very purpose is to assist us in understanding and navigating, living and evolving fully as spiritual beings in a physical world.
Through the wisdom and unconditional witness of these forces of nature and spirit, we gain insight into our soul’s purpose here, into what may be hindering or blocking the fullest expression of our soul’s medicine, and how to bring healing to that which no longer serves us.
Shamanism offers us ritual healing methods with which we can attend to this transformational process, including but not limited to:
My personal medicine as a shamanic practitioner is deeply rooted in empowering my clients to gain greater access to, and facility in, the unseen world of Spirit, such that it becomes an ever-deepening well of connection, wisdom, resource, vitality, guidance and blessing for their lives and hearts. In service of this, my support is grounded in giving you the tools you need to gain a sense of proficiency in navigating the unseen, and deepening your relationship to these forces.
The ‘helping spirits’ and beings of these worlds are deeply invested in supporting your healing and evolution. With their assistance, a healing map will gradually become revealed to us, consisting of the shamanic healing methods, rituals and ceremonies that will help you draw closer to your true potential.
Loren has a passion for teaching and has developed and taught spiritual care models for hospice volunteer and staff across multiple organizations. She currently serves as core faculty for the Willow Farm Contemplative End-of-Life Care training program, educating hospice professionals, death doulas, volunteers & caregivers, and teaches regularly for Agape Hospice.
"Loren's capacity to hold a group through the curiosities that live in the realm of end-of-life care is remarkable. Her kind, gentle and poetic approach leaves us all in awe and wonder for the world we are about to step into..." -S.A., Death Doula & Hospice Volunteer
Being with Self, Being with Other, Being with Dying
How does our conscious presence with ourselves—our bodies, minds and hearts—directly inform and enhance our presence with others?
This embodied journey gets to the “heart of the matter”, directing us toward an intimate personal encounter with the active and dynamic continuum between Self and Other. Here, we will gain tools for sitting in the belly of suffering—our own and others, living and dying. This day-long retreat will introduce a variety of presence-practices. Background in meditation practice(s) of any form or tradition is encouraged.
Psycho-Spiritual Dimensions of End-of-Life
Explores the following topics in depth: