This image feels me with all the emotions! And I adore the use of slings to show the nurturing care provided. As I care intensely for my children right now, I know one day they'll be the ones caring for me. The Sacred Art of Caregiving... "As the saying goes..."It takes a village to raise a child"...in the same way, it takes a village to support a beloved in transition from this life.
Elders deserve the same love and attention we give to our babies. The same things are important in the early days and the latter days. The most important things are safety, gentle touch, patience, story-telling, movement, elimination and nutrition.
When a elder or transitioning loved one is in a mental state of constant repetition of stories, phrases, words or behaviors it can be mentally exhausting.
When I interact with and care for people in this mental state, at the end of their life, telling the same stories over and over, I've found it's best to just be in the story with them. Act like it's the first time you've heard it. Treat them like a baby just learning their first words...and soak it up!
Babies and senior adults alike tend to have sensitive nervous systems. So swaddling, compression and low stimuli can go a long way for overall wellbeing and willingness to receive care.
It's sacred work to be in service to someone in this stage of their journey. There's no certificate or medal of honor to show for it. But it will mold you into a heavenly earth-angel if you allow yourself to surrender and be taught.
This is our turn to give back to them for all they gave to their children and others. It can be one of the greatest soul-shaping gifts of our lives, if we choose to see it that way.
Imagine a world where we celebrate the end of life in the same enthusiastic way we celebrate the beginning.
Perhaps death (and life) would not be so daunting." - @pachee.pachuchi - 53 seconds ago