"There is no such thing as your suffering or mysuffering, only oursuffering, and once we embrace this at a soul level, healing becomes a truly communal experience." "anonymous"
~ Individuals, Families and Friends ~
~ Caring for the sick and dying has its roots in many ancient cultures. It is an artful practice, involving compassion, support and connection on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
The Heart of Dying Project believes we all have the responsibility and ability to create compassionate circles of care within our communities. Our vision is to empower, educate and advocate for individuals, families, faith groups, community centers, shelter staff, retirement communities and volunteers ~ anyone ~ and everyone! Martin Luther King Jr. stated it perfectly when he reminded us of this simple truth of the human spirit.
" Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve...You don't need to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." Martin Luther King Jr.
How many people awaken every day knowing they are elder orphans? How many others lie awake wondering who will care for them when they near the end of their lives? How many families struggle caring for a sick child or parent? Now imagine how many of these same people would be be served if every faith community added a committee of volunteers from within the hearts of its congregations who had been trained as compassionate care companions? Each committee, no matter its size would not only take dinners, run occasional errand for its sick and elderly congregants they would also learn to see each other with new eyes. Supporting each other from a deep place of listening, companionship and care.
Tender Words "Tender words we spoke to one another are sealed in secret vaults of heaven. One day like rain, they will fall to earth and grow green all over the world." ~ Rumi
In 2016 Cleveland read the names of 98 homeless people who had died on the streets during a candlelight vigil in honor of their lives.
The Heart of Dying is developing educational programming specifically designed to train support staff and volunteers with the tools needed to recognize and companion those in homeless shelters. Many homeless suffer from disease and illnesses which often go untreated until their symptoms become too much to bear. The homeless receive care at free clinics and acute care facilities. Others enter hospitals, have surgeries or begin chemotherapy treatments and are then released back onto the streets with medications and bandages to fend for themselves. Together, we can change this!
Homeless women face additional dangers than men while living on the streets. They are more vulnerable and face higher levels of violence, sexual assault and servitude. The numbers of homeless women living on the streets has tripled in the last few years. They are at risk of dying alone and invisible while living on the streets. Domestic violence is now being recognized as a different type of homelessness for many women who are at risk of being neglected and underserved. What happens to these women when they become too ill to care for themselves of those they have traditionally cared for? Who is there for them?
The Heart of Dying is in the budding stages of forming a non profit social hospice offering homeless women in Ohio compassionate end of life care. Please take a moment to learn about our mission and how you can get involved.
Adaire Petrichor, CH EOLD CEO Connecting Heart 2 Heart LLC Founder of The Heart of Dying Project Author of the upcoming book "Advanced Planning ~ a visual exploration" firstname.lastname@example.org 216.659.7167