"It does not matter how long you live,
but how well you do it."
Martin Luther King Jr.
NTD Private Sessions
Nurturing Touch for the Dying is a group of techniques developed by Elizabeth Erbrecht LMT & End of Life Doula. Gentle nurturing touch is of course, always important but even more so when we are struggling with an illness or naturally nearing the end of our lives. NTD offers a comfort that soothes the body and calms the spirit.
An NTD session lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, and takes place where you are able to comfortably relax. This could be on your bed or a favorite napping spot in your living room. If you are calmed by certain instrumental music or sounds from nature, that can be part of what surrounds you. Electronics are muted, placed away from you, and I hang a small sign on the door asking that your bell or knocker not be used. You remain fully dressed. I begin by cradling your feet in my hands, then move to your calves, tops of thighs, hip area, stomach, hands, arms, shoulder, head and continue back to your feet.
I prefer to leave you in silence so you can rejoin the world at your leisure.
$85 per session
Planning Your Last Days
A Personal Vigil Plan will bring you the comfort you wish for in your final days. Think of it as a blueprint for loved ones to follow. It provides them with a sense of purpose, guidance and support in their care for you. This allows them to be present for you, taking part in your final journey here, without the anxiety of second guessing what to do for you.
We have five traditional senses that transmit information from our peripheral nervous system through various pathways to our central nervous system, and then on to our unique brain. While the smell of rain might soothe one, it might instead trigger the memory of a terrifying hurricane, in another. So, keeping all our senses in mind, we spend time considering what feeds your heart and your soul.
Within your home are the objects that bring you happiness, as you see them in your daily life. They could be a trinket brought back from a wonderful adventure, a painting, a group of photographs, or baseball caught at the World Series. What it is, matters not. How it makes you feel, matters entirely.
From there, we will make note of what gives you pause as you catch its fragrance in the air. Dunhill tobacco, garden roses, or fresh cut grass? What happens to your spirit when you hear lovely piano music, The Beatles, waves breaking on shore or songbirds? Have you always carried a pocket-cross or lucky coin? Does holding a smooth stone cradled in your hands, offer calm and solace? Even during active-dying one’s lips are gently moistened. Would you love to have the flavor of chocolate, raspberry or perhaps a favorite rye whiskey?
$85 per session