Bhakti WattsOur 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.

-- Bhakti Watts

End of life support

I help individuals and their loved ones navigate the process of death and grief–sitting vigil, creating legacy projects, planning and leading memorials, and providing other assistance.

"[My friend] trusted you to sit vigil. … Your compassion and wisdom give her peace and comfort." – M.K.

Reiki support

Reiki is a form of energy healing that treats the mind, body, and spirit. Both relaxing and restorative, it can have powerful benefits for people in any stage of life.

"A session with Bhakti will leave you feeling grounded, clear and rejuvenated."
– C.C. Flores

College of Hope Talk

By Paul Nelson | February 9, 2022

I am delighted to be facilitating a workshop for the College of Hope on Tuesday, February 15 at 6pm. Grief and Loss is the subject and participants will be learning how to cope with grief and how to identify and navigate the stages of grief and loss. I hope you will join me. I love…

Guest Post – Traditional Burial, Cremation, or…

By Bhakti Watts | September 8, 2021

I wrote a guest post about traditional burial and cremation on The Law Offices of Jenny Ling, PLLC Traditional Burial, Cremation, or… Guest article by Bhakti Watts, End of Life Doula It has not been that long since the choice for what to do with your body after you’re finished with it was simple: traditional…

Welcome to BhaktiWatts.com

By Bhakti Watts | March 31, 2021

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…

Crystal Cannon Flores Testimonial

By Paul Nelson | October 3, 2020

This wonderful testimonial came in last week from colleague Crystal Cannon Flores and posted on Facebook and Instagram:

True to Life

By Paul Nelson | May 21, 2020

True to Life Group “People aren’t looking for the meaning of life, they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Alexis Sheppard, paraphrasing Joseph Campbell Planning what we want to be surrounded by at end of life is all well and good, but what do we want to be surrounded by right now? Living…

Grief Collage: Guide Card for Unknowing

By Paul Nelson | April 25, 2020

This is a collage I made last week. I call it my guide card. The solidity of the bus and the certainty of the maps contrast with the unknown in the upper left-hand corner. That unknowingness is where we are right now in this pandemic. Not knowing is really where we always are. We just…

Experience Magazine Profile

By Paul Nelson | March 1, 2019

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…