The Healing Power of Touch

In my work as a Death Doula, I’ve noticed that when someone is actively dying, there might be a reluctance to touch that person as if there is an underlying fear that this contact might be harmful to the dying person or that the person touching the dying person might “catch” death from contact alone.

Human beings need touch. Our brains function better with regular, loving contact. Knowing this, I offer my clients touch that conforms to their level of comfort.

Recently, I have had the chance to incorporate touch and guided visualizations to ease the pain and fear of the dying. In my observation, these are welcomed and appreciated.

If you or a loved one is looking for a way to holistically and thoughtfully approach death, please reach out: Jenna Brownson at 978.760.0482 or

Published by Jenna Brownson

Early morning writer, mother to four, wife to one, recovering lawyer, End-of-Life Doula.

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