Midwifing Birth and Death

Midwifing Birth and Death

I recently received a rather curt email from a birth midwife asking all of us who support others at the end of life to stop using the terms Death Doula and Death Midwife. She wrote:   “Please stop using the word midwife and doula in the dying context. We...
Regine’s Home Funeral and Sea Burial

Regine’s Home Funeral and Sea Burial

Regine was a free spirit with a passion for life and a love of the ocean. Her friend Kato Wittich contacted me and asked if Sacred Crossings could help carry out her wishes for a home funeral and full-body sea burial.   “I read Regine the option for sea...
Caring for the Dead

Caring for the Dead

Nella stared at her fish floating on the water in their bowl. I was struck by her silence… so I stood quietly beside her and stared too.   Perhaps it was disbelief, shock, sadness, fear maybe? I couldn’t tell, but something was happening to her...
The Case for Home Funerals

The Case for Home Funerals

Caring for our loved ones between the time of death and burial or cremation, is an ancient tradition that can be traced to earliest civilizations. During the past 100 years however, this once family-directed tradition has been gradually taken over by professional...
Sissy Mama

Sissy Mama

Stacy, a birth doula, wife and mother of three beautiful girls called me – she was crying – her 18-yr old daughter Zoe was dying.   “I birthed her in, I need to birth her out,” Stacy declared emphatically. “Can you help me?” Her own...