Hosted by Georgina Langdale - alchemist, plant whisperer, founder of the Centre for Nature Connection and creator of The Natural Carer training for care at the End of Life. The Soul Garden is where where we get to explore nature, compassion and soul through the inner and outer workings of living in a connected world.www.centrenatureconnection.org
Meditation for the Animals we Love
How can we help our much loved pets as their end draws near? The bond between our animals can be so, so strong and so when the time comes that they are dying we want to be able to do all we can to support them through their last days, hours or moments of life.
Caring for our beloved pets at the end of their life is as important, as necessary, as heartbreaking and as beautiful as caring for the humans we love. We can also feel the same sense of helplessness and a deep desire to do everything we can to help them feel loved, feel comforted and feel seen, right to the very end.
A large part of my work is helping people navigate life - and the end of life. But it is not just our human loved one's that we grieve for. It is our animals too. People have asked me how they can help their animals when they reach the end of their life.
I decided to create this guided meditation to help draw people even closer to the creatures they love. It is a way of working with energy and is a balm for human and animal alike. It may help you focus the ‘lovebeam’ on your pet as you support it in its last days.
This guided meditation is lovely to do with the animal with you, but you can also do it across distance. Energy is wonderful like that, it flows where you need it to go. The meditation starts at around 4 minutes in, but I encourage you to listen to the whole recording the first time through.
The Centre for Nature Connection https://www.georginalnature.com/
Dr. Tess Moeke Maxwell - Caring for Māori at the End of Life
In this episode of the The Soul Garden, Georgina Langdale is joined by Dr. Tess Moeke-Maxwell to discuss work being done to support Māori whānau (families) to provide care to adults and kaumātua (older people) at end of life.In our discussion Tess talks about identity, dislocation from traditional customs and how we have to prepare our whanau and our health professionals for getting things right so we can all care better for family and individuals at the end of life.We discuss the Pei Herenga study, its genesis and the inspiring website www.teipoaronui.co.nz that is a stunning outcome of the work done by so many.Te Ipu Aronui celebrates traditional methods of nurturing and caring, and the leadership that unites and strengthens whānau. The website also celebrates the inspiring ways that whānau adapt their tikanga (customs) to respond to their cultural preferences and needs.My gratitude and thanks to Tess for this discussion.Georgina LangdaleTo explore further visitTe Ipu Aronui - https://www.teipuaronui.co.nz/For more information The Centre for Nature Connection and the End of Life training and offerings there visit:centrenatureconnection.org
Conscious Dying in a Death-phobic society
‘Conscious dying’ is a term that is starting to weave its way into the zeitgeist but what does it actually mean? Like hospice staff and palliative care providers, increasingly I’m also being asked that question.In this podcast we take a look at what conscious dying means and how the emergence of conscious dying as a term in the end-of-life care space creates an opportunity for a shift in communication style for health professionals and patients.
Lessons from the Bedside
Being at the bedside as someone we love is dying is painful, and heartbreaking, and profound. So to be honest, when it gets to this moment, we need all the help we can get, yet so many people are so afraid to talk about this stuff. Here are some lessons I've learned about being at the bedside with people who are dying.If you would like to find out more about The Natural Carer training I offer that brings nature, compassion and soul to care at the end of life, check out my website:www.centrenatureconnection.org.And if you'd like to hear more of my conversation with Thomas Moore, check out the podcast interview with him in the previous episode.Georgina x
Thomas Moore - Soul Therapy and the art of meaningful conversations at the end of life
In this episode of the Soul Garden I am joined by Thomas Moore, bestselling author, psychotherapist, former monk, and musician. Known for his international bestseller Care of the Soul, I first discovered the magic that is Thomas through his book The Planets Within, about the 15th century philosopher and ‘physician of the Soul’, Marsilio Ficino.
In this interview we look at soul therapy through the lens of End of Life care.
We contemplate the healing power of nature
The art of conversation
The beauty of music
And the inspiration of Ficino and the ancients.Thomas Moore’s new book Soul Therapy – is published by Harper One and available in all good bookshops, online and as an audio CD version.
You can find his Soul Psychology course at thomasmooresoul.com
And you can find me, Georgina Langdale at centrenatureconnection.org.
Conversation with a Funeral Director
In this episode of the Soul Garden, Georgina Langdale is joined by third generation funeral director, Terry Longley in a warm, thoughtful and informative discussion on what happens after someone dies. Statistics say that most people will only have direct experience of having to manage the funeral of 2.3 people in a lifetime. That doesn't give us much practice at knowing what to do!So in this interview Georgina and Terry explore the deathcare landscape in New Zealand and a range of topics including:
The role of the funeral directorThe importance of visitationHow to care for a body at homeEmbalming Deaths referred to the Coronerand what do do if someone dies at homeMany thanks to Terry Longley for taking part in this episode. You can find him at http://www.tlas.co.nz/You can learn more about end of life care with Georgina at https://centrenatureconnection.org/.