Annie Whitlocke - Compassionate being with Dying

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  • 1 Review on “Annie Whitlocke - Compassionate being with Dying”

    • Jennifer Clancy
      1 year ago

      Testimonial for Annie Whitlocke written by Jennifer Clancy 19/6/2019
      During the recent end-of-life period for our dear friend, Katrina, Annie was an invaluable and magnificent support and resource, not just for Katrina, but for her family and her friends. The breadth and depth of Annie’s knowledge, compassion and insight was outstanding and beyond what we could have ever hoped. Annie was able to go beyond the platitudes and the shallow responses of many people and professionals in dealing with impending death, and gently open up authentic conversations which allowed us all to truly engage and share Katrina’s end of life experience.

      For the ten week period between when the chemotherapy treatment ceased being effective and her death, our friend and her husband and sons were held in the warm embrace of Annie’s quiet practical, emotional and spiritual wisdom. Annie always listened carefully to the concerns, hopes and fears and was able to suggest and organise a myriad of services and links to ease and honour the difficult but sacred period we were experiencing. Annie’s warm and calm manner, and her gorgeous humour, allowed us the confidence to help Katrina die at home as she so dearly wished.

      Annie’s support was available 24/7 and no request or question by us was ever too demanding or strange. Annie has years of experience as an end-of-life doula so she has seen and assisted a variety people with terminal illnesses and their families. This allows her to be able to be guided by the unique person and family she is supporting rather than have a single-based approach or response to various circumstances. Sensing that our friend would be receptive to the idea, Annie asked if she would be interested in a Living Wake. Well, this was just the most perfect avenue for my friend to farewell her life and friends. Annie quietly and humbly made suggestions and saw to details that culminated in the most beautiful afternoon/early evening celebration for my friend. The Living Wake was filled with love, family and friends, wonderful sharing of memories, stories, images, and symbols, music, food, ritual and sacred moments. My friend participated with a joyful and contented heart and all of us there felt we had experienced something very very special. Katrina died just over two weeks later having had a most meaningful and liberating preparation for her death.

      We cannot thank Annie enough for the special role she played in guiding us through this time.

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