Compassionate Companionship Care
Phase 1: Terminal Diagnosis or Aging Impaired Lifestyle
This offering is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or is experiencing an age-related impaired lifestyle. Although the patient may not be bedbound or homebound, there is a knowing that this person is in the final stage of their life, and there is a desire or need to put some thought and preparation into their end-of-life care and the process of dying.
In this phase, Cindie can help you curate the end of life for yourself or a loved one you are caring for. Whereas the medical institution caters to the physical body, Cindie caters to the mind, heart and soul. In addition to helping you get organized, she is dedicated to emotionally supporting the patient and family through the decline, as she listens to stories and guides the patient to find meaning and peace in their life. Cindie brings wisdom, deep listening, compassion, and authenticity to her clients as she masterfully creates a safe and inviting space for self-exploration, and courageous transition.
This phase of work with Cindie starts with end-of-life discussions designed to help the patient and their loved ones think about and prepare for change. With a calm and informed presence, Cindie will ask important questions to help you think about, best plan for, and move through this difficult time. For your needs and questions that are outside Cindie’s scope of work, she will offer you information, resources and references.
Working with Cindie on End-of-Life Preparations and establishing her stable support during this phase is invaluable, because the patient and their loved ones will develop a trusting rapport with her early on, that will seamlessly carry forward throughout all phases of this everchanging journey.
This phase is focused on:
- Getting paperwork and other logistics in order.
- Developing rapport. Getting to know the patient and caregivers.
- Sharing and exploring values around end-of-life to make sure they are understood and honored.
- Sharing life stories.
- Listening deeply.
- Observing without judgement.
- Answering questions. Offering information and resources.
- Discussing the meaning of life, if that’s what the patient wants.
- Exploring unresolved issues that are creating anxiety.
- Supporting the anticipatory grief process.
- Facilitating legacy projects.
These are some of the benefits you will experience when working with Cindie in this phase:
- More unity and less tension or confusion by having important conversations upfront to explore and understand each person’s values and wishes for the patient’s end-of-life care.
- More organized and prepared by identifying, completing or updating important end-of-life documents, including healthcare directives and will.
- Increased productivity by identifying your practical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and creating a plan to address them.
- Increased emotional, social and spiritual support.
- Encouragement and support of legacy projects, letters and communications with loved ones.
- Reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness to have a witness and guide.
- Overall more peace, less stress to have a Cindie by your side throughout this process.
- Development of a relational and supportive foundation with Cindie that will carry forward seamlessly into the next phases.
As things progress, Cindie will be able to offer these services anytime she is visiting:
- Offer patient Gentle Touch Massage.
- Create and lead Custom Guided Meditations for patient.
- Assist patient with exploring their of end-of-life night dreams and visitations.
- Curate special music and playlists the patient might enjoy.
- Read out loud to the patient - poetry, newspapers, journals or books.
- Learn, see, and intuit special needs and coordinate resolutions.
- Provide information, resources and references when needed, and/or do research for the patient and loved ones.
- Offer guidance and information to help loved ones understand what the patient is going through and what the patient might need, especially as things continue to change. This will help them meet the patient where they are at.
- Help loved ones find ways to express their love for the patient as things continue to change.
- Help the patient find ways to express love to their loved ones.
- Honor those who are supporting a loved one at the end-of-life by meeting them where they are at, and offering support and ideas for what they might need.
For Phase 1 of Compassionate Companionship Care, Cindie recommends 2 hours or more per week on a mutually agreeable day or night, between the hours of 9:00 am – 11:00 pm Monday - Friday.
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