Article by Angela Danyluck
When I first began volunteering at my local hospice, giving Reiki sessions to the dying and grieving felt exactly right. I loved it (still do). It is my way of giving back and easing the fear and hurt associated with end of life. So while I went along feeling great about what I was doing, not once did it ever occur to me that I would find myself giving Reiki to someone as they died.
If you do a Google search to find out information on doing Reiki on someone as they die, you won’t find much of anything. I really felt that I couldn’t be the only one out there who has come face to face with this, and I wanted to ease any fears or uncertainties for anyone who may find themselves in this situation.
Giving Reiki to someone as they end their journey, is really one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. There is nothing to fear, as Reiki is a very loving, gentle and self-guided energy. Always remember the first rule of Reiki: Reiki can do no harm. That includes both the giver and the receiver. Of course you want to protect yourself first as you would usually do before a session, but nothing more than that is required. You are completely safe.
The only differences between a normal session and a palliative one is that you may have to do it without hands-on, depending on pain levels, and the setting of your intention. Obviously setting an intention for healing may not be for the clients highest good. My intentions are usually that they are free from pain and fear, and that they feel warm, loved and secure as they come to the end. I ask the Holy Spirit and the ArchAngels to surround them with comfort, love, peace and to carry them to the light. Please use whatever belief system you or the client are most comfortable with.
One other striking difference for me from a normal session, is that, I get a very real “thud” feeling in my solar plexus/lower heart region the second they are gone. Remember that we all experience Reiki differently so your experience may not be the same as mine. I spent a lot of time after that first time, trying to figure out what had happened. What was that mysterious thud? The answer given to me was that the thud was the feeling of the Reiki stopping suddenly and the etheric cord to each other being snapped. It is not a reason to panic, so please don’t worry if you experience this.
I do hope this helps anyone who needs it to feel safe and secure if they choose to give this beautiful service to someone. There is nothing to fear and only beautiful experiences to gain. I encourage those who may be contemplating it to give it a go. You cannot do it wrong, you can only give comfort. I guarantee you will be a much better practitioner and giver of light for having done so.
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Angela Danyluck is an Usui Reiki Master, Crystal Healer, Angel Card Reader, Teacher, Intuitive, and Spiritual Counselor on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. She offers gentle guidance, powerful healing and a loving compassionate heart to all of her clients. You can contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.