Hospices increasingly recognize the calming properties of music, meditation and aromatherapy in creating a peaceful environment. Visual comforts are important as well. It is nice to create an altar in a place easily visible to the patient, where special photographs and meaningful items are displayed. Often the dying person enjoys being in the family room where they can witness daily activity and not feel isolated. Many wish to have their bed facing a window so they can view the landscape, trees, birds and connect to nature.
As a person begins to transition out of this body and this life, it is most beneficial if he or she can feel enveloped in peace and loving presence. The environment surrounding the person at this time is important; one can attend to many details which make a significant difference to the patient. Family members and caregivers have the honor of creating a sacred environment for their loved one.
Marty Hogan writes, “Bring in favorite blankets and pillows, pictures of family and friends, flowers, music and candles. Place sacred readings on a bedside table within easy reach. Ask them if there are any objects that have special meaning or that remind them of pleasant memories that they’d like to have with them.”
Soft lighting, gentle music and guided imagery can all help the person have a calm and peaceful mind. The real aim is that the mind be at peace, that worries and anxieties can just evaporate and that a person’s state be light and relaxed.