Death & Dying: Acupressure for Relatives and Hospice Caregivers

I want to introduce you to viewing death and dying in a positive light – as a sacred passage into a peaceful, divine place. My father, who is 92, recently said to me, “When I die, I’ll be OK; it’s just like going into another room…”

I want to offer you some acupressure points that help to nurture emotions, calm anxiety, relieve depression, and balance grief. These quite possibly are some of the most important acupressure points that you will ever learn.

At the end of this email I want to share a powerful video program on Death and Dying called ‘Dying Into Love‘ featuring Ram Dass, Joan Halifax, Bodhi Be and Dale Borglum – all leaders who have been helping those in transition and especially those who caretake for the dying.

Acupressure points and slow deep breathing can help you transcend the fear of death and make it a graceful passage. I will show you the Sea of Tranquility point (CV 17) to use on yourself during the dying process and after the person dies to calm your spirit, nurture your body while grieving, and enable you to keep your heart open. [more]

For Others: I suggest gently holding the inside of the wrist, to cover acupressure points L7, L8, and L9, below the pad of the thumb on both sides to feel the life force of the radial artery and connect with the person you are caring for. Focus on being in the present moment, and remind yourself to breathe deeply, continually.

For Self-Healing: Hold CV 17, at the center of your breastbone, known as the Sea of Tranquility point. With your spine straight, focus on breathing slowly and deeply into this emotional healing acupressure point to nurture your heart. Using this acupressure point in a hospice environment can clear and transform negative emotions, overwhelm, deepen your breathing, and nurture your heart.

Point Location: CV 17, a great emotional balancing point, is four finger widths up from the base of your breastbone, in the center of your chest. Use your fingertips to slowly rub up and down in the center of your breastbone to feel for an indentation, between the nipples on a man.

Holding CV 17 with your fingertips enables you to practice throughout the day to encourage yourself to breathe deeply into the pressure being applied to your breastbone. This will calm any anxiety or stress in your life.

I invite you to checkout a very important program that is 18 hours of video in 10-20 minute segments from four leaders in the field, Ram Dass, Joan Halifax, Bodhi Be and Dale Borglum. The program is called Dying into Love and helps those in transition and those who caretake to those who are dying. You can signup for four free videos just click here:

I also recommend Graceful Passages, offering guidance from profound elder teachers with beautiful healing music, designed to reduce the anxiety of life transitions for supporting family members, patients, and caregivers in creating a spiritual experience for honoring the dying process. Check that out here: Inner Harmony – Graceful Passages

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