I think it’s safe to say at this point that the American political system has become one big joke. Presidential races, for the most part, now serve merely as entertainment, meant to captivate the attention of millions of people rather than stand as forums to discuss the many real issues our world currently faces. What’s more, leaks from various sources, such as Wikileaks and insider whistleblowers, have confirmed time and time again that most, if not all, presidential candidates have become political slaves to the much larger hand dominating geopolitics.
“Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (source)
Roosevelt is just one of many presidents and politicians to reveal the existence of this “secret” government throughout the ages. Some say this secret government is comprised of a few very powerful corporations that control all aspects of our lives, from the military industrial complex, health care, and finance to education, politics, and more. Above this government we have the world of finance, and if you follow the money that’s where it’ll take you.
This is something we must realize, as every single year presidents become frontmen for decisions that are made beyond their control or consent. They are simply figureheads, meant to receive both blame and praise for decisions given to them to enact. Perhaps they are offered financial incentives as well, but it’s impossible to say. What does seem evident is a global economic agenda, a “New World Order” plan to destabilize multiple countries and force a global political will on its inhabitants.
This isn’t really a secret. We have whistleblowers like Four Star General Wesley Clark, who was the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe of NATO from 1997-2000, for instance, describing how the U.S. had “plans to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off, Iran” (source). We also have clear instances of “false flag terrorism,” something that Putin referred to when speaking publicly about the recent chemical attacks in Syria.
The secret government, corporate and financial control, the relationship between big business and government, false flag terrorism — these are all important things to be aware of when contemplating what’s really going on with the presidency, particularly since the mainstream media is painting another picture entirely.
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
One thing is for certain, regardless of how much mainstream media and “the establishment” praise or denounce a president, very little actually changes. The same agenda seems to continue being propagated, and a great quote comes to mind here: “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”
A Perspective on Trump You Won’t Hear From the Mainstream
Bombs are still being dropped, and the terror war industry is still running rampant under the Trump administration, just as it was in previous years. “Islamic Terror” is still cited as a problem, without any mention of the fact that Western intelligence agencies have had their hand in creating false flag terrorism to heighten the national security state for a long time. These powers orchestrate events, like creating fake terrorist videos, or even arming the very terrorists they are claiming to oppose, to justify military intervention into other countries.
“The global war on terrorism is a US undertaking, which is fake, it’s based on fake premises. It tells us that somehow America and the Western world are going after a fictitious enemy, the Islamic state, when in fact the Islamic state is fully supported and financed by the Western military alliance and America’s allies in the Persian Gulf. . . . They say Muslims are terrorists, but it just so happens that terrorists are Made in America.”
The fact that Donald Trump seems to support and continue on with the terror war industry, as those before him did, suggests he is just another puppet or part of this powerful cabal looking to establish their New World Order.
On the other hand, prior to his election he did reference Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as being key catalysts in the creation of ISIS. Are we seeing the same thing we saw with Al-Qaeda?
He also called out election fraud and political ties to big finance, something that was further revealed by Wikileaks who, all of a sudden, became a Russian source of misinformation for the first time in a decade, with absolutely no proof. If anything, other information from whistleblowers and declassified documents from other sources lend even more credibility to Wikileaks.
“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.”
– Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary (source)
The fact that Trump even mentioned this is both shocking and confusing given that, on the surface, it seems he fully supports this war that’s based on fake premises. And his comments on Hillary and Obama’s ties to ISIS, despite being ridiculed in the mainstream, actually have a lot of evidence behind them (See: Award Winning American Journalist Exposes The True Origin of ISIS & The War On Terror). So perhaps when it comes to this so-called war, Trump has some inside intel we are not aware of.
On the other hand, Trump has and continues to go against the will of some very powerful people. Obama, Clinton, and Bush all seem to be, in my opinion, easy and willing puppets for the corporations, but Trump is not. This is exactly why you’ll always see Donald Trump bashed by the corporate media.
Richard Dolan sums it up quite well.
For more than a year, we have been told that Trump is a racist, sexist, xenophobe, liar, cheat, and narcissist. The attack bears all the marks of a coordinated effort among the major news outlets: CNN, NYT, WaPo, HuffPo, USA Today, and the rest. It reminded me very much of the concerted media attack against Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff which culminated earlier in 2016 in her impeachment and removal from power. In the case of Rousseff, we see what has been alternately described as a soft coup or aWall Street coup, rather along the lines of the “color revolutions” of a few years earlier (which are now largely understood as CIA-NGO orchestrated). In both cases, pretexts were created and hammered home by an insistent media that whipped up public opinion. In Brazil, it worked. It seemed like it would work in the U.S.
It is important to understand why Trump was demonized. To be sure, his character makes it easy. There is no shortage of narcissistic, sexist, or otherwise offensive statements in his repertoire from which to draw. But I have never and will never believe this is why he was demonized. Ultimately, Trump is a disruptor, and his disruption falls squarely against the two key pillars of the American ruling elite’s ideology: neoliberalism and neoconservatism.
Unlike traditional liberalism and conservatism, neoliberalism and neoconservatism are not opposites. Neoliberalism is just another name for transnational globalization, while neoconservatism is nothing other than the U.S.-dominated global empire project. They work together, two inhuman, anti-human processes that ensure a tiny minority of people control and own all the water, minerals, drugs, GM foods, and everything else worth owning in this world. Hillary Clinton, as the ultimate representative of such an agenda, received unwavering support from all segments of that establishment, certainly from the media. Trump, on the other hand, was vilified.
Trump is not a New World Order global empire builder. He does not bother trying to hide his flaws or look good for the public. I do not support Trump, and clearly he has done and said a lot of crazy things, but he is not in the pockets of these elite, and they are responding to his defiance by bashing him every chance they get. This includes releasing false information and staging events, like the FBI incident we will get into later.
The corporate media looked on and praised George Bush for what was done in Iraq, as well as what was done to Libya under the Obama and Clinton administrations, despite the fact that these horrors were enacted based on lies and greed. Past administrations caused the wreck of a nation and the destruction of millions of lives, yet Trump spoke out against all of these and remains a villain, while Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.
It doesn’t make much sense, does it?
The power mainstream media has over our perception of major events, people, and more is truly astonishing. You can read more about that in this article:
Trumps has spoken out multiple times against the big businesses and corporate media that control American politics. He has also dismantled the TPP and raised concerns over the fraudulent science that could be coming from the EPA and other government organizations.
Trump was made to look like a fool for pulling his funding from the EPA, but the EPA, just like the FDA, has become a cesspool of corruption. Many medical professionals have spoken out against the close ties between corporations and science, and how much of our published science today could actually be completely false. This would be in order to approve the pesticides that are sprayed on our food, or the glyphosate that’s found practically everywhere now. I’ll bet you didn’t hear that perspective from the mainstream media, did you? Instead, we simply heard that Trump doesn’t care about the environment, without ever realizing that neither does the EPA!
To learn more and to see one out of many examples, you can read about Genetically Modified Foods and the fraudulent science used to approve them in the article linked below:
He is also speaking out against vaccines.
The above are multiple reasons why Trump has probably been the most vilified president in United States history, but that’s only because all we’ve been presented with is that perspective.
A Perspective on the FBI Director You Won’t Year in the Mainstream
According to Michel Chossudovsky, an award-winning author, an emeritus professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, and the founder and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG):
The recommendation to fire Comey did not emanate from the White House. It was an initiative of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who prepared a three page memorandum, which criticized James Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation and the release of his October 28, 2016 Second Letter to Congress 11 days before Election Day.The Attorney General’s office visibly acted in defiance of the White House.
He recently published an article on his website titled: “Who Was Behind The Firing of FBI Director James Comey? What Political Interests Are Being Served? Who Is Andrew McCabe?“
Chossudovsky argues that this has been a propaganda campaign to draw even more negative attention toward Trump, with the goal of getting him impeached.
The firing of Comey was intended to weaken the president and provide ammunition to the smear campaign against him. The Attorney General’s recommendation to fire Comey will eventually backlash on President Trump in the context of the Russia Probe, namely the investigation into the FAKE collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
This is indeed the perspective of ‘experts’ that you will never hear from the mainstream media. Any type of information presented against the mainstream media narrative will always be attacked, and that’s important to keep in mind.
As mentioned earlier, Vladimir Putin is not the only one who called out global media and the elite, claiming that they use “imaginary and mythical threats” to control us.
In an age plagued with false information, why should we continue believing everything we receive from corporate media? So much “fake” news has been dished out by these networks on a number of topics, like 9/11 for example, that it’s nearly impossible for anybody to determine what is real and what isn’t.
As a result of these controversies, mainstream authorities decided to designate a “fake news checker.” But this only created more backlash, because people understand that the solution is not to censor the information that people see, but rather teach them how to assess that information using critical thinking skills. If our source of truth has become a television screen, we are in big trouble. We should all be able to determine what constitutes “fake news” and what a credible source is. We don’t need Snoopes.com doing it for us.
When it coms to North Korea, we could be seeing the same situation as we are seeing with Iran and Syria, or what we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan. There always seems to be some major threat that requires our military invention, but we never hear anything from the other side. Anyone who questions the mainstream media narrative is made to look ridiculous. But can you blame the average person? Especially with all of the negative propaganda within the mainstream media, as well as the entertainment industry? What we know of North Korea simply comes from corporate media telling us “it is like this.”
Most of these mainstream media stories pertaining to global events are still believed by many, and the fact that the simple suggestion that they may be false or misleading is greeted with harsh criticism tells us a lot. A viewpoint that differs from the mainstream narrative should hold equal plausibility, especially in the face of a narrative that simply comes from mainstream media intelligence, which is usually considered evidence.
It can be hard to entertain the idea that what we are being told about major global events isn’t entirely true, and that the wool has been pulled over our eyes. At the same time, all of the information leading to this belief is backed up by tremendous amounts of evidence. It didn’t just come from anywhere, which gives you something to think about.
Here at CE, we believe there to be a massive shift in consciousness currently taking place. One important part of this shift is a change in how we see, feel, and think about our world. Information alone has played a huge role in opening up our minds to new possibilities that once didn’t fit the accepted framework of knowledge. As time moves on, we are questioning what it is we are doing here, and starting to wake up to the fact that not everything is as we’ve been told. Much of what was previously labelled as a “conspiracy theory” now has significant backing and evidence behind it.
Confronting and acknowledging the deception that currently exists in our world is not easy, and some of it is so downright unbelievable that the human mind simply isn’t ready to accept it. Nevertheless, it’s just information. It’s our mind that labels it “good” or “bad” without stopping to realize that it’s all just one human experience, but that which does not resonate with us is something we clearly want to change. So much of the misinformation, corruption, and greed underling almost all aspects of our lives is now becoming visible, and as a result, our perception of the planet is changing. And as a result of that perception shift, physical material reality is also beginning to shift and we are starting to manifest a new human experience.
Obviously, this is a process, but it’s happening right now and we’re currently living in it.
Federal Court Rules In Favour of Big Pharma & Determines That CBD Has No Medicinal Value
- The Facts:
Despite a tremendous amount of research proving that CBD has medicinal value, the DEA still insists it is categorized as a Schedule 1 Substance in the Controlled Substances Act. The Supreme court recently decided that it has no medicinal value.
- Reflect On:
Many have absolutely sworn by CBD for assisting with issues of chronic pain and for stopping seizures, when other illicit drugs such as cocaine and meth are in a less harmful category, it would seem that there are some other interests at hand here.
Last week the hemp industry in the United States faced a roadblock after the federal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to list cannabidiol or CBD as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. It’s worth pointing out that CBD has no psychoactive effects and is not the same as THC, the active ingredient that gets you high when smoking marijuana. The definition of a Schedule 1 controlled substance is as follows,
Schedule 1 (I) drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined by the federal government as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule 1 (I) drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.
Let that sink in for a moment. Keep in mind that methamphetamine aka crystal meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and oxycodone all fall under the Schedule 2 category in the Controlled Substances Act. I don’t know about you, but to me, something feels off about this.
Back in 2016, the hemp industry brought a lawsuit against the government when the DEA issued a “clarifying rule” that claimed CBD was in fact, an illicit drug, simply because it was a byproduct of cannabis flowers. A report released by the Denver Post explained,
Represented by Denver-based cannabis law firm Hoban Law Group, the Hemp Industries Association and other hemp businesses challenged the DEA’s rule and alleged the agency overstepped its bounds by essentially scheduling substances — notably cannabinoids — that were not classified as illicit in the Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, they argued, the hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD, or cannabinol, are protected under state laws and Farm Bill provisions.
The rule could be misinterpreted by other federal and local agencies, leading to unlawful product seizures and chill a booming multibillion-dollar hemp products industry, Hoban attorneys had said.
The DEA responded by claiming that they had simply provided clarification to the existing law, and stated that their decision, “makes no substantive change to the government’s control of any substance.”
Again, the DEA is failing to acknowledge the major difference between industrial hemp, which by the way, provided the paper for the original declaration of independence to be written on, and it contains virtually no psychoactive properties. THC, on the other hand, does produce strong psychoactive effects, so the DEA maintains their stance by saying that because CBD comes from the flowering parts of the cannabis plant and cannabinoids “are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the … definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves.”
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to the DEA’s decision to clarify that CBD is therefor a “marijuana extract.” Thankfully, producers of CBD vowed to appeal the decision.
“We will be appealing, and we will be funding that appeal,” said Michael Brubeck, CEO of Centuria Natural Foods and a plaintiff in the case. Centuria was joined in its challenge by the Hemp Industries Association.
During the decision-making process, the panel consisting of three judges said the plaintiffs had failed to comment during the DEA’s rulemaking process, which is what inevitably nullified the majority of their challenge to the upstanding classification.
Attorney Bob Hoban, in a statement on Wednesday, said his clients are weighing whether to request a rehearing due to concerns about the safety and security of those who make and sell hemp extracts, including CBD.
“Though we appreciate the court’s finding in favor of the legitimacy of the Farm Bill’s hemp amendment, we are still disappointed with the court’s findings that the final rule does not interfere with lawful, hemp-related business activities, as even 29 members of Congress confirmed in their Amicus Brief to the Court,” Hoban wrote. “Given the pervasive confusion and irreconcilable conflicts of the law that have led to product seizures, arrests and criminal charges against those involved in the lawful hemp industry, the petitioners believe that the final rule must be invalidated, absent the court clarifying and further resolving these conflicts and their severe consequences.”
CBD Does Have Medicinal Value
The reason this is so frustrating is that CBD certainly does have medicinal value and has been a godsend for millions of people who suffer from chronic pain. In fact, an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) medicine as a treatment method for severe epilepsy. How can a Schedule 1 Substance, which is supposed to have no medicinal value, be FDA approved, as a treatment?
People with cancer have also utilized cannabis, as multiple studies in the lab showed it completely destroys cancer cells.
Thankfully, the truth continues to come out and before long CBD, and hopefully, cannabis altogether will be completely removed from the Schedule 1 Controlled substances act. How could something be fully legal for recreational use in some states, and soon will be all of Canada, yet regarded as such a “bad drug” in most of the United States? C’mon America, get with the times! Legalize.
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Robotic Dove-Shaped Drones Are Now Spying On People From Above
- The Facts:
30 military and government agencies have deployed the birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in China recent years. They are in operation and are spying on people from above. There are also plans to weaponize them.
- Reflect On:
Reflect on the mass-surveillance state. Why do we have no privacy? Is it really for "national security" reasons? Or are there other motives here? What's really going on with the need for FULL control?
Fascism has been approaching the developed world for a long time. It comes in the form of governments that can read every single email, GPS you at any time, track your every move, every step, know your internet habits better then you do. If they decide, they can put a bunch of information together and use it against you, especially if you become “an enemy of the state,” one who threatens the interests of the global elite.
This is what it’s like to live in North America, and more people became aware of it with the Edward Snowden leaks. There were many who blew the whistle before him as well, some who did not live long after the fact.
What is happening here is extremely wrong. National security measures continue to heighten as a direct result of ‘terrorism’ in many forms, from attacks and bombings to mass shootings. All of these continue to increase like never before, especially in the United States. When it comes to terrorism in general, events like 9/11 have served as a mass wake up call for the citizenry, making them aware of ‘false flag’ terrorism, where a group of powerful people orchestrate an event for their ulterior motives and blame it on another.
This is exactly what many people believe is happening with these events, including school shootings, that there is some form of mind-control going on here, an effort to make these type of events more common to justify heightening up national security measures, like global surveillance, for example. Many politicians, academicians, researchers, whistleblowers, and high ranking military personnel have been raising awareness about this for years, and we also have hard evidence in so many different forms, with so many different examples.
The last one I wrote about was with regards to fake intelligence, as well as plagiarized quotations that were found in an official intelligence report pertaining to Iraq’s WMDs presented to the UN Security Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell, on February 5th, 2003. You can read more about that here. Mark Twain summed up how this works quite nicely (source):
“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
Our world might not actually be as bad as how it’s constantly being presented to us. Most people are good, and the majority of people, in America at least, have opposed the action of their government for years when it comes to global conflict. False flag terrorism, deception, and the creation of events to heighten the national security state is nothing new.
Dove-Shaped Drones Over China
Some of the latest news when it comes to surveillance is coming out of China, where robotic dove-shaped drones are spying on people from above. As the South China Morning Post reports,
The idea might seem far fetched, but robotic birds are very much a reality, and China has been using them to surveil people across the country.
Sources told the South China Morning Post that more than 30 military and government agencies have deployed the birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in recent years.
One part of the country that has seen the new technology used extensively is the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in China’s far west. The vast area, which borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, is home to a large Muslim population and has long been viewed by Beijing as a hotbed for separatism. As a result, the region and its people have been subjected to heavy surveillance from the central government.
The new “spy birds” programme, code-named “Dove”, is being led by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xian, capital of northwestern China’s Shaanxi province.
Each robotic bird has a GPS system, a high-definition camera and a flight control system linked with satellites which allow for its remote control. They are also equipped with an electric motor to power its flight. “Once equipped with weapons, unmanned small combat vessels can attack the enemy in large numbers, similar to drones,” Li Jie, a Chinese naval expert.
That doesn’t sound too good.
The True Goal Of Surveillance
So, if it’s not for national security purposes, and it’s not to protect us from danger, what is mass surveillance all about? For the answer to this question, I turn your attention to William Binney, a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He is one of the highest placed intelligence officials to ever blow the whistle on insider NSA ‘knowing.’ He made headlines when he resigned in 2001 after 9/11, having worked more than thirty years for the agency. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold war and was repulsed by the United States massive surveillance programs. He claims the ultimate goal of the NSA is “total population control.” You can access that interview and read more about it here.
While on the topic of China, it’s also important to read this from an article by The Intercept:
Google bosses were scrambling to contain leaks and internal anger Wednesday after the company’s confidential plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China was revealed by The Intercept.
Just a few hundred of Google’s massive 88,000-strong workforce had been briefed on the project prior to the revelations, which triggered a wave of disquiet that spread through the internet giant’s offices across the world.
Company managers responded by swiftly trying to shut down employees’ access to any documents that contained information about the China censorship project, according to Google insiders who witnessed the backlash.
“Everyone’s access to documents got turned off, and is being turned on [on a] document-by-document basis,” said one source. “There’s been total radio silence from leadership, which is making a lot of people upset and scared. … Our internal meme site and Google Plus are full of talk, and people are a.n.g.r.y.”
Awakening In Progress
The good news is that more and more people across the globe are starting to wake up to all of the misinformation being spread on a daily basis, and that includes the agenda of those behind it. Even a decade ago, the mass populace was not as aware that all is not as it seems. As a result of this recent mass awakening, our perception, our thoughts, and our collective consciousness are beginning to shift. We no longer see the world the way it has been presented to us, and we are starting to realize that simply waking up to all of the propaganda that surrounds us is creating big problems for the global elite. The very first step to changing a problem is to first recognize that problem, and we are still in that process.
These ‘End-Of-Life Doulas’ Are Guiding People Peacefully To Their Death
- The Facts:
We all die. Mainstream medicine doesn't offer much in the way of end-of-life care. Death Doulas help family and friends with what they can do to help their loved ones come to terms with their impending death and how to handle it themselves.
- Reflect On:
We live in a culture where more often than not simply talking about death is taboo. Death Doulas can help remove these barriers and open up lines of communication with the dying and their families so they can pass on with much less fear and pain.
When we typically hear the term doula, we either think ‘what the heck is that?’, or we may already know that a doula is a trained professional who assists in a more natural process of childbirth, usually in the home.
So essentially, a ‘death doula’ is virtually the opposite: someone who assists a person who has a terminal illness, as well as helping that person’s friends, family members and even animals come to terms with the fast approaching morality that we will all face one day.
In the world of mainstream medicine, doctors themselves don’t offer much to people who are on their deathbed, especially on an emotional level. Family members and friends are often left in the dark as to how they are supposed to cope with the knowledge that their loved one will pass. They are rarely given methods through which they can talk candidly about their loved one’s inevitable death, and therefore this topic is often not discussed, which can make it much more difficult to process for the person who is dying and for everyone who is close to them.
An end-of-life doula is sometimes referred to as a thanadoula from the greek thana meaning death and doula meaning servant. Generally speaking, it is said that the role of the death doula is to walk alongside the dying person and their family. This encompasses a very wide range of services that include: providing spiritual, psychological and social support, assisting with the creation of positive and empowering end-of-life plans, ideas to optimize physical comfort, and educating families on the new and progressive options for home wakes and natural burials. Often, these doulas go above and beyond expectations as they bring light to a phase of life that can be very dark for many.
What Does A Death Doula Actually Do?
A great definition is given on DoulaGivers.com,
Legacy: We are all born and we all die; it’s what we do in the middle that creates our legacy. What we leave behind is far more than simply wealth and possessions. We can share our story or give wisdom, advice, love, and support even after we have passed. And in doing so, give the future a glimpse of your essence – who you were, how you saw the world, and what gave your life. Death Doulas can help patients with the powerful, uplifting process of developing a legacy plan.
Presence: The last phase of our life can stir fear and anxiety as we each face our end-of-life. This is simply because we have not walked this path before. Having someone present with the experience and training in such a time can bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to the otherwise unfamiliar. Death Doulas provide holistic support as they accompany individuals and their families before, during, and after death.
Dignity: Everyone wants to have a positive passing where they maintain dignity and honor as they exit life. We all have our own values, traditions, and belief systems that will influence our vision and expectation of what that would look like. Creating an environment that represents that vision is important. This along with developing a legacy and presence work, is what an End-of-Life Doula brings to you and your family.
Here’s An Example
In a story from GlobalNews Canada, Michael Crane explains his experience upon meeting death doula Barb Philips. After asking her what she did for a living, he said, “I was very intrigued and very interested when she started talking about being a death coach and actually walking alongside the family who is experiencing a death or a pending loss.”
A few months later, he was feeling overwhelmed about his mother’s impending death and decided to reach out to Philips for assistance. “I’ll never forget the first discussion with her. I basically was crying the entire time,” he said. “It was the first time I had talked about my mother’s death with someone outside our family in that level of depth and detail.”
Philips helped the family engage in a more candid conversation about death that Crane believes would not otherwise have happened. She talked to his mother openly about exactly what was happening and how she was feeling, mentally, physically and spiritually. After his mother passed away, the doula helped the family to plan the funeral and fulfill all of their mother’s wishes.
Do We Live In A Death-Denying Culture?
Philips believes that, for the most part, talking about dying and to people who are dying about their experience is still taboo. Because of this, families are often left in a state of shock and haven’t allowed themselves the time or space to properly grieve.
“People’s grief is more engaged at the very beginning,” she said of her practice. “It’s seen as something viable and valuable rather than trying to shut it off.”
Make Way For The Emergence Of Death Doulas
The understanding and need for this type of end of life care is growing at a rapid rate. Many people feel called to enter into a role like this after feeling like they weren’t given the tools they needed to properly lay their loved one to rest. Others had the experience of a death doula and saw just how beneficial this practice is.
With a growing number of elderly and ill people, this knowledge is starting to proliferate at a very important time. With many certifications becoming available, it is now easier to train and gain the tools that are necessary for this type of care.
Death is simply a part of life, and the more we begin to understand and ultimately embrace this process, the easier it becomes for everyone involved. How lovely that this practice is gaining such popularity; it just goes to show how much things are really changing in comparison to the old and often outdated practices of mainstream medicine. Hallelujah!
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