Taking a Moment for Yourself

A Guest Blog from Merilynne Rush, RN, BSN, End-of-Life Doula Trainer, & Home Funeral Guide

The work of being with the dying and their family is intense and can be very draining. Take care of yourself, and you’ll have much more to give to others. It matters. And you’ll get back to your practice feeling more grounded and sustainable. We’ll discuss how to:

  • Enter the sacred space that surrounds the dying
  • Learn the difference between “supporting” and “doing”
  • Give nonjudgmental support
  • Pay attention to your spiritual or inner life
  • Engage in nurturing rituals, practices or self-care activities for before and after work
  • Maintain good professional and personal boundaries
  • Say no and make referrals

With a background as home birth midwife, hospice nurse, and home funeral guide, Merilynne Rush has been helping families in transition for over 35 years. She co-owns Lifespan Doula Association, which trains and certifies professional end-of-life doulas utilizing the doula model of care. End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care before, during and after death. Her vision is to mainstream end-of-life doulas in our culture so that everyone will have knowledge about and access to their services.

Thanks to Threshold Support Circle for sponsoring ‘Taking Care of Yourself While Helping Others.’