Last week I presented a paper as an independent scholar at the Popular/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), located in Seattle, WA this year. Emily Auger created, facilitates, and hosts a panel in this scholarly venue under the umbrella of “Tarot and Divination.” Christine Parkhurst was the panel chair for “Contemporary Practices: Body, Mind, Spirit” where I presented research I have been developing since 2012 on Palliative Care Applications for the Use of Petite Lenormand Cards. The following is excerpted from my paper.
Have you been in the presence of a loved one as they died? Did you feel helpless at times to comfort them or understand their needs?
This is an emotionally charged situation that few can prepare for and many actually avoid. It takes a huge heart to be with the pain and suffering of those who we wish were at peace in life’s difficult times of transition.
As a hospice volunteer and Death Midwife/Death Doula I have had the honor to spend time with a variety of people as they faced their final days or hours. They have taught me so much about precious life and ultimate release. As the hospice helper, it is my job to care for the comfort and bodily needs of the patient, some invalid, others in a coma state. Of course, care can include emotional and spiritual support as well.
Palliative care is medical attention designed to support people with serious illness or near death. Medical and health professionals provide relief from the symptoms and stress associated with the patient’s condition with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and peace for their family and friends.
I propose expanding the palliative care team to include readers who use tools such as “Petite Lenormand” cards to aid in communicating with the patient to determine their needs and provide clear directives for improving quality of life.
Patients who are in an altered state do not have the capacity to communicate using their conscious mind. Because of this, alternative ways of communicating with coma and near death states utilizing intuitive and psychic awareness and tools are invaluable.
Questions that one may ask the patient can include:
- Can you hear me?
- Are you in pain?
- Would you like to listen to music?
- May I hold your hand?
- Do you want to be alone for now?
- Are you ready to be removed from life support?
Oracle cards, such as Petite Lenormand, are applied in linear, logical ways to express messages, much like in a sentence. Health questions and timing are common details built into reading these cards. I would first test for consistency in your chosen medium. A major consideration is the ethical and accurate data you receive.
Unless you are a health professional, I would resist making any prescriptive readings for ethical reasons. Predictive readings do not assist the client with their needs in the moment. I find that descriptive readings combined with a yes/no focus can be profoundly accurate and helpful.
I encourage you to consider cards as not only guides to the betterment of our lives, but also to love and support the care and well-being of others in their time of crisis and need—including animals, nature, and other beings that can not speak for themselves.
An additional post I have related to this topic:
Hospice Care and Communication through Cards
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