I have been working with birth for many years and studied to be a midwife. This was a challenging path personally for me. But I knew this was my path when the desire to be there for others overrode the fear I had about attending births.
My path has shifted, I now feel this same pull to work with the dying.I have the same draw as I did for birth. I now have the desire to go through the challenges I may face in order to grow more fully into myself in a way that would allow me to be more present, as a witness to the experiences I may encounter. For me, it has been an honor of being asked to attend someone's birth, this same feeling I imagine I would have attending someone's death path. I feel it could be very similar ...allowing someone to have their experience of pain, fear, letting go, and whatever comes to them from there. I have learned so much from just the sitting, listening and holding someone's hand.
My hope is that my presence in the room could be strong and compassionate enough to hold the space that could allow them the opportunity to face whatever experiences the end of there life may have to show them.