Susan Blackwood

Guiding your way toward the horizons of life.

 
 
 
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In our culture we seem to be afraid to talk about death. We are often in complete denial that we will one day die, even though it is inevitable.

So when death begins to loom on the horizon there is nowhere inside to hold onto, no sense of safety. For many of us we do not have a belief or faith system that assures us of the rightness of the path ahead. This can leave us in a mental state anywhere from confusion, despair or terror. So, instead of doing the work of preparing for end of life we tend to flail around looking for some place of escape. We live in a unique time where many of us have left religious and faith based practices. As death approaches we may need help to find a way to our truth, to understand what is happening to us. We may need help to make choices.

Susan Offers 4 Types of Services

Services

Services are Energetic Body Work, RestSure, Ceremonies by Design and Senior companioning


 
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senior companioning

DO YOU NEED HELP OR DOES SOMEONE YOU LOVE NEED A HAND?  

Sometimes we just need a bit of help to feel our freedom, to remain independent and to maintain a sense of dignity.  Individual, family and friends need to know someone is watching and caring for them and their loved ones. 

Susan brings to every client, well-established communication skills, client care experience, and a deep respect of people's diversity, individual differences and perspectives

I provide a number of services for the ageing, foremost by providing company for those who live alone.  I like to assess a persons needs and their current level of independence.  Then I create a list of services that could meet the shortfalls in their independence. Life is meant to hold joy, a sense of independence increases a sense of wellbeing.

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Death and dying

Helping individuals face death and dying is changing rapidly in Canada.   Just a few generations ago, the church or religious affiliation informed us how we died and how we remembered the dead.   As of 2012 new EOL (End of Life) laws were enacted. We now are entitled to name individuals to make our decisions both financially and medically when we no longer can.  We are encouraged to let our advocates know our end of life choices.  Or we can fill out an Advanced Directive to legally stipulate our wishes.  

Death Coach or Doula: How we come to an acknowledgment of our mortality, moving from fear to acceptance. Using dialogue and meditation techniques, I help people move out of cultural beliefs in the process of dying that seem to override the reality of their experience.  When we calmly face death and sit with it, we enter into no inner resistance of what is happening.  


Energetic body work

I became interested in healing energy work over 25 years ago after a life altering accident.  I started with Certification in Healing Touch and added Reflexology, ARC Bodywork, Loving Presence, etc.  After a second accident 15 years ago, I started to explore meditation, spirituality, life and death experiences and presence work.  After a few years I started explore and train in indigenous practices.  I take all my skills, tools and beliefs and work with individuals to meet in the moment that aspect of themselves that wants to move or be acknowledged. 

It empowers people to take charge of their lives, their diagnosis and/or their dying.  It is a powerful tool to come into relationship with self and reality. 

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Nutrition/selfcare

Through my own experiences I have come to realize how important self-care is.  It is easy to get so caught up in our life that we miss the cues that tell us we are in trouble.  We need to take action.  Through research, course, and personal trial and error, I have developed a keen sense of what works in different circumstances.  I work a lot with Caregivers, Diagnosed or Dying Clients, and those that are grieving.  I provide support in such areas as nutrition, movement or practice, meditation and ritual or ceremony.

I offer a to do list that covers a wide variety of options in self-care.  I also offer encouragement in following through on self-care plans.  It is so important.  

 

What I offer?

Susan Blackwood

A combination of Certificate, Skills and Learned Lessons in Care

I bring a variety of skills and abilities from an eclectic background. Energy bodywork, ritual and ceremony work, spiritual counseling, senior companioning are some of the services provided.  Together with my business partner, we have opened a business called RestSure specializing in end of life service.

 

CERTIFICATION AND SKILLS

Certified Life Cycle Celebrant with Celebrant Foundation and Institute, Reverend with CIMM, Certified in Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Reflexology and ARC Bodywork Therapy.  

 

PERSONAL AND END OF LIFE COACHING:

I am a deep listener to what is being said and not being said. I am compassionate regardless of what is arising in the client. I hold the big picture, helping clients navigate the journey, and all the forms it takes.

 

EMPOWERMENT:

My goal is empowering the human being going through this time right up to passing regardless of what I am being asked to do. I bring consistency.

 

SENIOR COMPANIONING AND END OF LIFE SERVICES:

Once I take a client on I am consistent in the care of their needs. I am an independent presence in their life, a safe place to speak concerns and fears. I am steadfast and able to handle every stage and all that it brings. I have highly developed communication skill and an ability to talk with medical staff, care aides, family, and the client.

 

I BRING THE SKILLS OF A LIFETIME

My skills include fundamental energy practices, deep listening skills, spiritual counselling skills, and celebrancy services. I also understand the logistics of the process requiring organizational skills, liaison skills and knowledge of legal requirements and paperwork for end of life.

 

PERSONAL STORY FOR CEREMONY AND RITUAL AND COMPANIONING

I took care of my parents at the end of their lives. It was a wild journey, so unexpected in so many ways. I was alone in their passage towards their death. It impacted me deeply. It gave me a deep calling to be able to offer others going through this process a safe haven during the journey, a trusted ally, an advocate for the client, for the family. There are a multitude of choices to be made on the journey and I am adaptable to meet a client at whatever stage they are at.

 
  awesome ceremonies full of fun spirtualness and relevance to you 


awesome ceremonies full of fun spirtualness and relevance to you 

  Guidance through PAperwork adn setting up strucutre


Guidance through PAperwork adn setting up strucutre

  End of Life Counselling


End of Life Counselling

  creative fun and inviting ceremonies


creative fun and inviting ceremonies

  renewing Vowes


renewing Vowes

 

Combination of Services

 

Services are better together - by uniting Elder Care with Death and dying Coaching, Energy work & alternative care, and a focused plan of Nutrition & Selfcare - we can find the combination that works for you. 

 
 
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Senior Companioning

Senior Companioning Services

Using common sense, a grounded attitude and a good sense of humor, I offer a variety of services that help individuals feel confident and fulfilled in their current living space.

Once I take a client on I am consistent in the care of their needs. I am an independent presence in their life, a safe place to speak concerns and fears.

I have highly developed communication skill and an ability to talk with medical staff, care aides, family, and the client.

 
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Susan Blackwood

Energetic Sessions

Energetic bodywork is an amazing vehicle for creating a space where an individual can step outside of their day-to-day reality.  They can enter into relationship with the bigger picture of their life and can often see the impact of events and choices that were made in the past.   It offers the opportunity to make different choices and alter life in a deep permanent way. 

 

 
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restsure

EOL Consulting & Support Services

Once I take a client on I am consistent in the care of their needs. I am an independent presence in their life, a safe place to speak concerns and fears.

I am steadfast and able to handle every stage and all that it brings. I have highly developed communication skill and an ability to talk with medical staff, care aides, family, and the client.

 
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restsure

Create Your Exit Strategy

I have a deep calling to be able to offer others going through this process a safe haven during the journey, a trusted ally, an advocate for the client, for the family. There are a multitude of choices to be made on the journey and I am adaptable to meet a client at whatever stage they are at. 

I took care of my parents at the end of their lives. It was a wild journey, so unexpected in so many ways. I was alone in their passage towards their death. It impacted me deeply.

 

 
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Ceremonies by Design

Weddings

Your love is unique; your story is one of a kind. Ceremonies by Design reflects your intimate, meaningful expression of love in a heartfelt ceremony..

 

 

Ceremonies by Design

Funerals

In our memories and in our hearts, love lasts forever. A Ceremony by Design service creates a safe space to come together to remember and celebrate a life well lived..

 

 
 
 
 
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Susan is dedicated to improving the EXPERIENCE of life.

A life with Guidance

As we age, all of us eventually recognize that our life is made up of a series of choices. One decision we go this way, another decision we go another way. Each decision has an impact on our perception of what life is, who we are and what we want.

Each experience shapes us into who we are in this moment. Some are good and some are challenging. As we are having all these moments of choices, we will cross thresholds or rites of passages. Ritual can tie all these elements together. Ritual can help us to make sense of changes in our life. Ritual may help us to reform community.

Weddings, funerals, deaths, diagnosis, ageing, relocation to senior home, personal development and daily practices. Susan can help through a combination of skills, all leading to a better life choice.

 
 
Time to cash in your chips
put your ideas and beliefs on the table.
See who has the bigger hand
you or the Mystery that pervades you.
— adyashanti.
 
 
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