Felicity Warner is known for her visionary work in the field of holistic and spiritual aspects of death, dying and the soul.
She lectures in hospitals, hospices, houses, halls even yurts and is a writer and mentor. She founded The Hospice of the Heart and now heads the Soul Midwive's Foundation.
Her book Gentle Dying is aimed at being a simple approach to a subject that is still a taboo for many of us.
"I try to describe the extraordinary miracles and revelations that dying often involves. I also describe how to be a loving friend to someone who is in the process of dying.
People ask me if I find my work depressing? Never. I spend a lot of time with people whose time is very limited and this is a priviledge. There is a depth of truthfulness and intimacy in the space we share and the conversations we have.There is so often joy and laughter as well as sadness and poignancy.
The dying teach us, in turn, how to live .
I also teach people how to become Soul Midwives, so that they can go out and do this work in their own communities.
These people are by definition warm, compassionate, questioning and open hearted. They come and learn these skills in my home. We sit around a huge log fire, learn vigiling techniques and how to ease pain and distress. We eat a lot and share stories. It's not so much a formal teaching but a help in "re-membering" what we all used to know "in our bones" about sitting with the dying and their loved ones.
My ideas are gathered from many sources including modern energy medicine, tradional Shamanic techniques and Western and Eastern medical models. We use sound, touch, smell and deep listening skills to help the dying achieve a dignified, peaceful and serene death.
I am also very interested in the last three days or so of life when the physical body is in decline but the soul is beginning to blossom. At this final stage, The dynamics of the soul.... who we are, where we are going and why we came in the first place are beginning to become clearer.
When I'm not working, teaching or writing I love to be outdoors walking, wild swimming in rivers or the sea, listening to music, singing and trying to learn the Irish tin-whistle.