End-of-Life Reiki is a gentle and loving way to help our loved ones move on. Giving the gift of peace is an amazing blessing for all involved. With one of my clients, the gift came in her ability to physically breathe a little easier. With another, it was relief from a nagging headache that just wouldn’t quit. Both of these amazing friends passed later on – the first just a couple weeks later, the second a few months later– but knowing that sharing Reiki with them gave them some relief from their pain is a gift that I will always treasure.
When a person is terminally ill, Reiki can offer relief not only to that person, but to their caregivers and family members as well. A friend shared how her ailing parent was given a Reiki session and slept calmly that night – the first night in weeks. But, she was surprised when she also fell asleep in the bedside chair and caught up on some much-needed rest. In these situations, Reiki can be shared in the form of a more traditional session as the situation allows, or through the simple act of placing your hand over theirs and letting the energy flow. As Reiki practitioners, we learn through practice that sometimes less is more. Simplicity edges out formality. Love really does “conquer all”.