Our bodies contain so much wisdom. They know how and when to heal themselves and they know how and when to die. Our minds are the part of us that can get distracted at the end of life, especially in a culture such as ours that may consider death a “failure”. Death is a totally natural part of life. I am honored to be allowed to hold space for all of the emotions that come up for people who are ill or dying. Feel free to browse the pages of my website and contact me at Bhaktiwatts@gmail.com.
Experience Magazine published an essay highlighting the work of Bhakti Watts:
Many times, doulas solicit anecdotes and shared memories from people in the patient’s life so the patient can see their impact on others. Bhakti Watts, a Seattle-based death doula, is frequently asked to help set up reconciliations so that a dying person can make amends or let go of a long-held grudge. She’s also helped people craft last “traditional” experiences. She recently stepped in as a party planner for a cancer patient who knew he wouldn’t be able eat or speak down the road.
“We invited his friends to a wine bar and had all kinds of food,” she says. “You might think it would be hard, but people loved being there. And it was a chance for him to say goodbye to people he cared about while he still felt well.”