Role of a Hospice Massage Therapist at End of Life Care
To be a healing presence. A hospice massage therapist’s best resources when serving the dying person don’t come from the techniques they’ve studied but from within their own hearts. They become the space-holder, allowing the dying person his/her own process and experience, and sometimes serve as an anchor for family members and other caregivers.
To enhance the quality of life. Doing what is called for at the moment to ease any form of discomfort is the best approach to take. One minute a therapist might offer a gentle foot massage or hold a hand and the next, moisten dry lips or help turn someone on their side to make breathing easier.
Mother Teresa once said, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” Hospice service is about doing the humble work of each moment as it unfolds. A session with a dying person may include gentle massage, focused touch or no touch at all. The therapist will use a repertoire of skilled touch approaches that are appropriate when the situation calls for them.
All people deserve love, compassion, and dignity at end-of-life. At Minnesota Hospice, we strive to empower people to live life as fully as possible on their terms. Our team is filled with experienced professionals dedicated to walking with you during this part of life’s sacred journey. We provide the highest level of hospice care possible to help people find meaning, purpose, love, and beauty in living before departing life peacefully.