Taboo Talk – Palliative care and alternative care

Today, Dana our naturopath at A Natural Self, talks frankly about her views on palliative care and natural health products and approaches. Please be aware these are personal views shared on a blog site and are not in any way to be considered firm “directives” that must be followed or adhered to. Dana understands the needs and the rights of every individual to make choices around their own palliative care processes and issues.

What are your views on death and dying?

How do you see yourself undergoing the process? Do you even think about it or is it too scary and painful to contemplate? Have you experienced someone close to you dying? What choices did you make and what would you keep the same? Or change?

These are big questions and they require thoughtful answers. My personal view is the natural process of alternative health care can be implemented really beautifully and successfully throughout the palliative process.

Of course the palliative care process may be one where people really want to utilise the services of the allopathic health and medicine system. Ultimately, I believe in people’s personal choice and their need to make decisions that suit them concerning death and dying is imperative.

My own views are a blend of natural therapies and eastern and western ideas and are born out of my extensive knowledge of naturopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, Homeopathy, Kinesiology and ancient Ayurvedic health care practices.

Palliative care specialist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross once said that “Dying is nothing to fear.  It can be the most wonderful experience of your life.  It all depends on how you have lived.”[1]

Kubler- Ross also made much mention of our value system and its utter futility when preparing for death. She clearly stated that in the end, nobody remembers what you owned or how big your assets pool was and is. People don’t really care about how wealthy you are and how many Rolls Royces or BMW’s you own. Rather they care about how you loved and how you lived fully and kindly  and completely.

Death can in fact be a spiritual process that offers unique insights into regret, strengths, love, humility, guilt, compassion and growth. It can also be a time of intense fear and rage, where who we are and what we are is challenged on all levels. A natural and accepting approach to the inevitability of death and dying can offer us unique opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth right up to the end.

Good luck on the life journey.