Reiki and the dying

We all die, but we live in a culture that fears death and generally tries to hide death from public view. We often avoid thinking about or preparing for our own death or those of our loved ones, so it is not surprising that many people fight death when the time comes for them to transition from this life.

Reiki can bring healing to someone even when there is no change in their physical state nor even any delay of their death. Sometimes the most healing thing we can do is to let the Reiki energy offer comfort and reassurance to a dying person so they are able to let go of this life in peace. In the whole process of staying present with the person through this process, we can support someone in the process of this transition to ease their passage into the next phase of their journey, potentially help heal old emotional wounds they may still be carrying, and help relieve any physical pain they may be experiencing to bring them added comfort and peace during their remaining time in this life.

Reiki can not only support someone who is going through the process of transitioning from this life to the next, it can also support that person’s loved ones and caretakers through the stressful last days and beyond as they grieve for the person they have lost.

If you are a Reiki practitioner who would like to support someone in the dying process, this Reiki and the Dying guide (PDF, 378KB) provides some suggestions for Reiki practitioners of all levels to use Reiki to support people during this time.