Atlanta Death Midwifery
The time of death is not just a medical situation. It is also a hallowed passage.
We are here to serve the sacred moments that death brings. We are here to bring comfort to those who are nearing the end of their life. We are here to serve families and communities as they honor their loved ones. We are here to serve as educators. We are here for those who grieve.
We are here to curate a compassionate and holy space around death.
Hundreds of years ago a midwife was called for the occasion of souls coming or going. Today we are familiar with birth midwives and doulas, thanks to the brave people who pioneered this return to the ancient ways. Death midwives work alongside medical professionals and funeral directors. They do not duplicate them. A death midwife is called by those who are nearing the end of life or by the community around the one approaching death. Emotional, mental, and spiritual support is offered. Sometimes this looks like sharing tea and making difficult conversations easier. Sometimes this looks like guided relaxation or meditation, creating memory books for our loved ones, soothing sound therapy, or even sitting in silence together. Death midwives hold the space together in a time when things could seem to be unraveling. We can help organize end of life plans so that there is calmness.
We hold space for grief and for memorial.
Atlanta Death Midwifery offers education and support to communities as they prepare the body of their loved ones for home vigil or burial. We hold the space around the vigil and organize transportation to burial or cremation.
In the state of Georgia the family has the right to keep the body of the loved one at home. Many people don't realize this is an option. We are creating conversations with crematoriums and cemeteries who are willing to work with families who choose Home Funerals.
Many law enforcement and hospital staff do not know the laws concerning the rights that would allow a Home Funeral because Funeral Homes have been the standard procedure for so long. A Death Midwife is also an advocate. We are here to help you plan ahead.
Loved ones walking through the meadow
to lay their beloved to final rest.
(Honey Creek Woodlands, Conyers, Georgia)
Resting at home.
Placing ashes under a tree. Final wishes.
(Honey Creek Woodlands, Conyers, Georgia)
To the Spirit
Upon death, Narinder is available through grace to offer support to the Soul through the transition. We uphold that the process of dying doesn’t end with the last heartbeat, but that consciousness continues for a short period after the death. During that time, the subtle body leaves the physical body and moves into a new understanding. Many traditions honor this phase. Atlanta Death Midwifery honors any tradition.
Narinder is there to ensure, if asked, that the spiritual final wishes of the dying are honored.
Who We Are:
Narinder Kaur Khalsa serves as Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide. Narinder upholds that "Death Midwife" is not a profession. It is a calling that is impossible to ignore. She has spent many years helping people on their spiritual journey, including serving those who have lost loved ones, serving those who are nearing death.
She volunteered for hospice and then in 2016 completed a course with Donna Belk of Beyond Hospice to gain a deeper understanding of Death Midwifery and Home Funeral Guidance. She worked for a summer at a green burial cemetery experiencing the ways of environmentally friendly burial and the healing it brought to families to be in that setting.
She looks forward to serving those who hope to return to the natural ways.
Maurice LeCroy serves the community of carers around those who are nearing death as well as assisting with home funerals. He stands in the 'what is so' of the moment and offers guidance or reflection. His extensive anthropological and psychological studies concerning death, as well as his own lessons with grief, create a vast space for the cultivation of awareness of choice and the preparedness of dying.
Atlanta Death Midwifery is also a resource center. We offer trusted referrals to massage therapists, Reiki practictioners, grief therapists, sound therapists, yoga therapists, and death doulas. Alongside nurses and funeral directors we offer a universal approach to death and dying.
Catherine Adunni serves as Death Midwife. Catherine was called to do this work in 2009 when she lost a dear friend to cancer who had no one supporting him through his process. It was then she recognized how important it was to hold space for the people you love and felt honored to be of service for the many other "home goings" that came in the future. This calling has blessed her to learn the customs, prayers and songs of many cultures which is a great asset to serving those who have lost loved ones and those making their sacred transition.
She believes there's so much value in holding space and caring for the dying just as much as we care for the living. She devotes most of her time to being of service and learning and preserving the old ways for the future.