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Death Midwife & Holistic End of Life Care 

Providing loving guidance, education and holistic assistance throughout your end of life experience, from the point of diagnosis through bereavement and beyond. A death midwife is a heart-centered presence, ensuring your end-of-life wishes are compassionately respected and that you feel fully supported in achieving a good death. All beings deserve a dying experience that is dignified, gentle and peaceful. Our goals include recognizing and supporting your individual needs, with the aim to be of service, not to fix or rescue, and to give loving care with a human touch.

Pre-death Education & End of Life Planning

Spiritual and practical planning & preparation. One-to-one spiritual companionship and mentoring that honors your belief system. Assistance in discovering meaning in your life and death. Creating a legacy to leave for those you love. Help in healing soul wounds and finding resolutions for a peaceful passing. Guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis and other ancient methods to prepare you for your final journey.

Sacred Space & Vigil During Active Death

Emotional, Spiritual and Practical support through the active dying stages. A loving, compassionate presence to holistically provide comfort, alleviate fear and pain. Physical and spiritual guardianship throughout your transformation. Bedside rituals, blessings and maintaining sacred space, while honoring and supporting your beliefs. Ritual and shamanic journeys on your behalf to ensure full and complete transference of consciousness into the non-physical.

Post-Death Care, Ceremony & Soul Guidance.

After death rituals, shamanic journeys and ceremonial cleansing and bodily preparation in accordance with your wishes. Education, facilitation & guidance for family directed home funerals. Advocacy and support for families that choose a traditional final disposition as well. Celebrant services. Re-processing and post loss grief follow up with loved ones as desired.

Hello! I’m Shelby

Death Midwife, End of Life Educator & Advocate, Ordained Minister and Pastoral Thanatologist

After my own near death experience in 2005, I no longer questioned the existence of an unconditionally loving, all knowing creator, but understood it in the deepest core of my being. Upon being given the choice to stay in the astral, or return to my body, I emphatically chose to return in order to be of service to other beings currently experiencing human-ness. I vowed to share what I had learned with other souls who would benefit. I returned to my physical body with clear guidance on the soul’s journey from birth, through life, to well beyond the threshold of death. It is my mission to gently support those who are approaching making the transition from the physical into the non-physical in a holistic, soul-centered way that honors your divinity.

My Experience

Ordained Minister

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Ordained as an interfaith Minister in 2004, I am able to offer non-judgmental celebrations of life, ritual, ceremony and spiritual guidance to people of all denominations, religions and spiritual (or agnostic) orientations.

PhD in Religion

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An instiable desire to understand the human drive toward spiritual connection was recognized while earning a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion, completed in 2014. 

Certified Death Midwife

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A humble wish to serve others using the most effective techniques, along with a drive toward continued education, I have received multiple certifications through the most respected Death Doula, End of Life Doula and Death Midwife Training programs. 

Reiki Master

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A student of traditional Usui Reiki, I have completed level 1, level 2 and master level certifications. Reiki treatments can be given in person or at a distance.

Energetic Practitioner

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Energetic, light-body medicine on a deep soul level. Heal past wounds, resolve karma and cleanse any negative repercussions attributable to the current incarnation before returning home to spirit.  

Shamanic Soul Retrieval

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Portions of the soul can leave us during times of stress or trauma. Retrieving these missing pieces and singing the soul home allows you to experience wholeness once again. Releasing spiritual attachments and energetic imblances and receiving guidance from your higher self and guardian spirits.

Hospice Volunteer

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I serve as an active volunteer with several organizations, serving as an end of life companion to the dying, that are enrolled in hospice care. 

End-of-Life Rights Advocate

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An active volunteer and member of several end of life focused organizations, including Compassion & Choices and Death With Dignity. I support and openly advocate for the expansion and protection of end-of-life rights in Arizona and the American Southwest. 

Pastoral Thanatologist

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Currently persuing Certification in Pastoral Thanatoloy in order to deeply understand and explore all aspects of death and dying, in spiritual and anthropological terms. 

My Approach & Values

My services do not replace or duplicate those of the medical profession or funeral industry, but rather fill in the gaps and provide stable continuity between them. To me, being a soul midwife means providing loving guidance, education and holistic assistance throughout your end of life experience, from the point of diagnosis through bereavement and beyond. A heart-centered presence ensuring your end-of-life wishes are compassionately respected and that you feel fully supported in achieving a good death. All beings deserve a dying experience that is dignified, gentle and peaceful. Recognizing and supporting your individual needs, with the aim to be of service, not to fix or rescue, and to give loving care with a human touch.

 

Contact Me

Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital. 

Thank you for reaching out!

(602) 699-3555

Phoenix, AZ 85042

Shelby@GentleDeath.com