Felicity is founder of the world wide Soul Midwives’ movement and principal of the Soul Midwives’ School.
She created the idea of soul midwifery for the dying after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life. Her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, both in the UK and abroad (there are now soul midwives working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).
She is a lecturer, teacher and author of three acclaimed books – Gentle Dying and A Safe Journey Home. Her third book-the Soul Midwives’ Handbook was published in September 2013.
She was made a visiting research fellow of The University of Winchester in 2014 and she lectures internationally and across the UK. In 2010 and was nominated for the prestigious Woman of the Year award for her campaigning and work in palliative care.
She explains: ‘My aim is to have a Soul Midwife in every hospital, care home and hospice within the next five years in the UK.’
Soul midwives use a sophisticated knowledge of the dying process to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity is a passionate campaigner for raising standards of care at the end of life.
From volunteering in local hospices and working one-to-one with dying people in the last days of life, she developed the Gentle Dying method( now called TLC) which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by any one, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience.
Felicity is an active member of two national groups: Transitus and Dying Matters
Training days at hospices, which Felicity has delivered include:
- St Giles Hospice, Sutton Coldfield
- Ian Rennie House, Chalfont St Giles
- Help the Hospices, Hospice House, London WC1
- St Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil
- Hospice Care, Exeter
- Macmillan Unit, Christchurch (Dorset) Hospital
- Weldmar Hospice, Dorchester
- St Raphael’s Hospice, Sutton, Surrrey
- The Fountain Center in Guildford
She was keynote speaker at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Dying Matters Conference in May 2012 and was also keynote speaker at the International Death Conference at Winchester University in November 2012
She runs large workshops at public events including the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival in London, Alternatives, the College of Psychic Studies, London, Universities and hospitals.
Her special interests are the psycho-spiritual and soul dynamics at the end of life, researching traditional folk lore and sacred ritual in the care of the dying and also introducing ways of caring for the dying with love and compassion