presence at the threshold

image of Pippa croppedPippa White found her vocation attending to those at the thresholds of life. As a palliative nurse with additional training in anthroposophical nursing care, she has a range of roles. Pippa teaches home-based treatments for parents of young children and offers anthroposophical nursing treatments.

You can listen to my interview with Pippa here.

As a freelance palliative nurse, Pippa brings a particular focus on presence and care to the threshold of death for those who are dying as well as for those supporting their care both before, during and beyond death. In this interview, she relates the experiences that inspired her to train as a nurse when she was in her 40s so that she could work in this field. She talks about her focus on presence and attention to the subtle changes occurring for the dying and for those who support them. Pippa describes the love, warmth and transformation as well as the pain, dependence and vulnerability which are part of the transition of death.

For listeners interested in this topic, Pippa suggests the following references amongst the wealth of literature available:

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, Maggie Callinan and Patricia Kelley

The Tibetan book of living and dying, Sogyal Rinpoche

A Celtic Book of Dying, Phyllida Anam-Aire

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson

Doorways Into Dying: Innovative Teachings For End Of Life, Karl Ryan and Ingrid Rose

Midwifing death, Michael Barbato

You can also contact Pippa directly.

The music on this recording is by Michael Young, aka Young Werther. You can find him on facebook.

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