- To work as non-medical holistic companions who guide and support a dying person in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
- To support and recognise the individual needs of the dying person and ensure they feel loved and supported.
- To create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person (whether in a hospital, a hospice or at home).
- To respect and honour a dying person’s religious/spiritual or atheist/agnostic beliefs and practices.
- To work as non-denominational, multi-faith practitioners who honour the dying person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife.
- To listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques, and ensure compassionate care at all times.
- To ‘serve’ our friend; not aim to ‘fix’ or ‘rescue’.
- To give healing, using sound, touch, colour, scented oils or other gentle techniques to alleviate pain and anxiety.
- To keep a loving vigil.
- To work holistically with the spirit and soul of our friends at all levels and stages of transition.
- To support families and their loved ones, giving loving care with a human touch
- To provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants.