Felicity is founder of the soul midwives’ movement and the Soul Midwives’ School (see www.soulmidwivesschool.com).
She created the idea of soul midwifery for the dying and her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, both in the UK and abroad (there are now soul midwives working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).
She is a lecturer, teacher and author of two acclaimed books – Gentle Dying and A Safe Journey Home. She is currently working on the Soul Midwives’ Handbook which will be published in summer 2013.
She explains: ‘My aim is to have a Soul Midwives in every hospital, care home and hospice within the next five years in the UK.’
Soul midwives use a sophisticated knowledge of the dying process to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity is a passionate campaigner for raising standards of compassionate care at the end of life.
From volunteering in local hospices and working one-to-one with many dying people in the last days of life, she developed the Gentle Dying method which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by any one, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience.
Felicity is an active
member of two national groups: Transitus and Dying Matters
She regularly gives lectures at hospices, including:
· Hospice House, London,
· St Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil
· St Margaret's Hospice, Exeter,
· Weldmar Hospice, Dorchester,
· St Giles Hospice, Sutton Coldfield,
· Mary Steven's Hospice Stourbridge
· Macmillan Unit, Christchurch Hospital
She was keynote speaker at the 3rd International Death Conference at Winchester University in November 2012 and also keynote speaker at the Dying Matters Conference in Nottingham in May 2012.
She also runs large workshops at public events including the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival in London.
Her special interests are the psycho-spiritual and soul dynamics at the end of life, researching traditional folk lore and sacred ritual in the care of the dying and also introducing ways of caring for the dying with love and compassion.
Dee is a fully trained Soul Midwife, Massage Practitioner, Emotional Therapist (Counselling) and Reiki Master, she has trained with Cruse in Bereavement Support having also studied relaxation techniques, meditation and nutrition. She also teaches Reiki, meditation and other holistic-based workshops. All these add to and support the treatments Dee provides.
Dee has been working within the field of holistic treatments since 2002 and works within the community for Cruse and the Weldmar Hospice in Dorchester, Dorset as well as running her own practice
Michael is a sound therapy practitioner with a Diploma from the prestigious British Academy of Sound Therapy. He is also a Reiki Master
He has trained with Jonathan Goldman, a great pioneer of sound healing, and with Dr Masaru Emoto's organisation (the healing power of water). He regularly runs his own sound workshops and healing sessions
‘My learning experience has given me the tools, skills and trust in my own intuition to help others to awaken to their own inner beauty and divine spark, opening doorways to greater self-discovery and expression.’
His input with soul midwives is widely valued
Lizzie studied theology
at Kent University and teaches celebrancy and ritual for the Soul Midwives’
School. She is also a Reiki Master and energy teacher besides assisting as
Mandy Preece is a fully trained Soul Midwife and Reiki Master working in the New Forest. She also works for the Soul Midwives’ School as education director and PA to Felicity.