Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. – Oscar Wilde
Founded in the summer of 2018, IC Death Midwife seeks to provide compassionate and holistic alternative death care in the Iowa City / Cedar Rapids corridor while empowering clients to craft the death they desire.
While the “IC” in IC Death Midwife technically refers to Iowa City, it’s difficult to ignore the double meaning:
Death Midwifery is a multifaceted sacred practice that has been around as long as death itself.
Before the professionalization of the modern American funeral industry, death care was provided in the home, often by women. These caregivers bathed and prepared the body, created and held sacred space, and performed home funeral ceremonies and rituals honoring their beloved dead.
Death Midwives (also referred to as Death Doulas, End-of-Live Doulas, Soul Midwives, Thanadoulas, etc.) provide a holistic approach to death care, educate the public about alternative options to what we now consider “the norm” when it comes to death, funerals, and body disposition, offer gentle guidance regarding the many ways to navigate the threshold between this world and the next, and, most of all, provide clients with a meaningful and reverent end-of-life experience.
Death Midwives are not medically trained, nor do we serve the same purpose as funeral directors. We exist alongside these professions in order to fill the gaps. We straddle the threshold between this life and the next, serving as companions, advocates, escorts, and guides.
As a Certified Death Midwife, I am committed to providing compassionate and practical care to those facing and dealing with death, including:
I am also deeply passionate about providing this same care and veneration to pets and companion animals, who deserve it just as much as humans. Our relationships with our pets and companion animals is just as special – in some cases, more so – as our relationships with our fellow humans. It is truly a profound honor to offer my services and support to those whose beloved animal friends are facing death or have recently passed. Services include:
After several years of researching the field of Death Midwifery and searching for the right course, I received my certification as a Death Midwife in June 2018 through Earth Traditions, a Pagan ministry based in Illinois.
For most of my life I have been intrigued and awed by death, by the spiritual, ceremonial, and ritualistic practices surrounding death. As a dedicated steward of nature, I am also interested in the the environmental and economic aspects of our modern funerary practices, which for many reasons are verging on becoming unsustainable and are badly in need of reform.
I hope to receive certification as a Thanatologist (one who studies death and dying) within the next few years, and often dream about buying a plot of pristine woodland to start a nature preserve and green burial cemetery.
In addition to being a Certified Death Midwife, I am also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and ordained minister (non-religious, non-denominational; spiritual rather than religious). My personal beliefs and practices are nature-based and built upon the foundation of honoring all aspects of nature and our natural cycles (the moon, the seasons).
My services are available in the Iowa City / Cedar Rapids corridor and surrounding areas.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form below.