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Midwifery: The Reverse Journey

April 17th, 2011 by Alison · 1 Comment · relationships, spirituality & religion

We greet the births of babies with joy. Death we tend to fear and avoid, which I think locks up a lot of our emotional energy. While I’m grieving, naturally, the death of my mother which happened almost a month ago, it was in all honesty one of the richest experiences of my life.  I feel more present to life than ever.

Many women giving birth these days choose to use a midwife, which is  actually a return to an ancient practice. Lesser known is the concept of midwifery in the other direction, i.e. emotionally and spiritually helping a person make the reverse journey, from flesh back to spirit. This haiku I wrote speaks to my experience of attending my mother’s process of dying.

The Midwife

Draw close. Closer.

Catapult the beloved

To her better place.

Related to this topic, I just posted a new book on Books I Love that’s about soulful, wondrous events in another time and place.

photo courtesy of Brian Vallelunga

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  • Tess Giles Marshall

    Yes, grief and beauty can be intertwined. I had a similar experience when I was with my brother when he died a few years ago. It was so intimate. Your haiku says it all. Blessings and comfort to you.

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