In providing emotional support, we are helping to create a peaceful environment. Emotional support is the essence of our presence. During our entire walk with the dying and their family our presence is one of the most stabilizing gifts we can offer.
They called us because they need extra support and our presence provides this extra sense of security. We may not do a thing except provide this kind of emotional support. This is the foundation.
There was one family I attended that wanted me to sit in a certain place when I was in their home. Each time I arrived, I was guided to a particular chair and it was pretty clear that that was my place. I just did it and didn’t ask why they wanted me to sit in that spot. This is just one small example of something that was important to a family.