changing the way we look at death
Planning and preparing for the end-of-life helps bring you and your loved ones peace now. Do you or a loved one need help with completing Advance Directives or communicating your wishes? Perhaps you would like to communicate your wishes for your last days or create a legacy project. Jacki is here to help...
End-of-Life Coach | Guide
Natural After-Death Alternatives
Jacki is devoted and dedicated to returning death to its natural sacred place. Serving as a Home Funeral Guide and Green Burial Consultant are a couple of ways she works towards this end.
A century ago, after-death care was provided by the family and community. People were born in the home. They died in the home. Family members cared for the body after death, provided a wake in the home, built the coffin for burial and dug the grave.
Today, Baby Boomers are forging a path, circling back around to these by-gone days, seeking alternatives to what's become known as the modern funeral. These alternatives include home funerals, green burials- and just about anything in-between.
Did you know...
Embalming is not required by Ohio Law
A deceased loved one can stay in the home for up to 48 hours after death (24 hours if death was caused by contagious disease)
You can transport your loved one's body to the burial site
Natural, Green Burials
Basic Services include providing techni-ice to cool the body; instruction to family regarding cooling and caring for the body and contact with family while decedent is in the home- virtually or by phone.
Additional services available upon request.
Environmentally sustainable, conservation of natural resources, while honoring the loved one by returning the body to nature.
No embalming. No concrete vault. Body is placed in a biodegradable coffin or wrapped in a shroud of natural fiber.
Services include guidance with paperwork process and completion, as well as, support during burial.
A non-commercial, family-centered funeral that involves the family and its community in caring for and preparing the body after death, for burial or cremation. Rituals and ceremonies in the home may also be included.
As a Home Funeral Guide, Jacki may assist the family with instruction regarding bathing and dressing the body; laying the body out on a bed, sofa or table in the living room; educating family on cooling the body.
Additional assistance with visitation or the wake in the home is available.
Peace through preparation.
Advance Directives is a legal document spelling out who your healthcare power of attorney (HCPA) is and what your wishes are regarding life-sustaining treatment. It is imperative that you complete them sooner rather than later.
Jacki will educate your in this process and assist you with completing the documents.
Even if you already have your Advance Directives, it is likely that they need updated, including a review of the decision-making process for HCPA selection.
Last Days Wishes
Putting your wishes in writing for how your last days are spent is a gift you give to your loved ones- and yourself.
Who do you want around you? Where do you want to be? These and other questions are answered as part of the process, as outlined in Jacki's book, Attending to the End: A Good Death Guidebook.
Schedule your appointment with Jacki today, to help guide you through these decisions and develop a plan for communicating your wishes to love ones.
Making death a part of life means we change our relationship with death by looking at it, with eyes wide open. By doing so, we also open opportunities for forgiveness, reconciliation and letting go of our attachments during life and at the end of life.
Death as a Part of Life: Living Mindful of Mortality
All of us will die and while this is inescapable and thinking about it may feel overwhelming, denying it robs us of fully experiencing life. It also impacts our death.
The acceptance of our mortality influences not only our experience with death but also with life.
To live mindful of mortality doesn't mean we obsess over it.
When we live mindful of mortality, we live courageously, in a more conscious way. By nurturing our relationship with death we begin to prepare for it.
Jacki walks with you through the processes of deep reflection, life review, reconciliation and integration in the The Death as a Part of Life Journey.
This journey is for you if you:
Have a deep curiosity about the inter-relatedness of
life and death.
Long to delve into your fears of death honestly and openly.
Desire to explore your life and death deeply and mindfully.
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Jacki holds a safe, nonjudgmental, limitless, sacred space for you as she supports you on your journey of learning. This space creates room for trust, vulnerability and discovery.
Within this sacredness you will know that you are fully accepted and supported.
She does not provide any answers for you but nurtures your connection to your source of inner wisdom. It is this connection that elicits awareness, cultivates self-compassion and detachment on your path.