Religion is an important source of strength for many of our members, so we’re asking clergy from different religious traditions to share how their members mark the end of a life. Today we’re speaking to Tracee Dunblazier, a spiritual empath, shaman, educator, and spiritual counselor based in Los Angeles, California.
What does your faith teach about happens to people when their lives end?
My path believes in the eternal spirit. Every person, at the end of their lives begins a transition or ascent into spirit. No matter the cause of death, known or unknown, they begin an awareness of spiritual dimensions of energy. Based on how they are living those new spiritual dimensions can be positive and beautiful or conflicted and tumultuous. Every person is seeking to justify their life with peace.
As a spiritual counselor, how do you comfort the dying?
All people will comfort the dying with the degree of comfort they have with their own mortality and experience with death. As an empath and spiritualist, I have daily, continually, and deliberately addressed my own mortality by witnessing for others their own transitioning experience. The process of losing interest in the physical and opening their awareness to the emotional, astral, and spiritual dimensions. Where illusions, delusions, angels and other spiritual beings reside.
How do members of the community traditionally respond to the death of one of their members?
As spiritualists, often times, members of the community relate to death in a less emotional or detached way which can sometimes be hurtful or offensive to the close grievers of the loved one who has died. Of course this is not the intention but is quite common. They also support with prayer and deliverance.
Is there a service to memorialize the dead? What is it like?
Usually. A memorial party or celebration with a memorial altar being constructed with sacred items and a place that loved ones can place important or meaningful items. The memorial altar is usually kept for 30 days, sometimes more.
What rituals of mourning are there in your faith?
An altar dedicated to the transition sometimes months in advance as death is recognized as a transition from one form to another. Creating a sacred space to focus the energy of the person in transition and also to focus the grieving energy of the loved ones all into a place of acceptance and communication of the transition.
Is there a particular amount of time allocated for grieving?
No, it is accepted that everyone will grieve in their own way and that in some situations their is complicated grief as their isn’t any conscious understanding of the death and that there may still me living experiences that were left unresolved. The resolution of those experiences at some point will be a part of the grieving process.
What text or passage would you suggest to a member of your faith community who is grieving?
“We must learn to embrace death and other life transitions openly and without fear and to recognize that there is a spiritual and emotional process inherent in each change. Giving yourself and each other the time to create space and opportunity to celebrate each other during the final days of life, instead of in the fear, shock, or shadow of death itself. We can’t forget that for every ending there is a new beginning.” The Demon Slayer’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to Mastering Your Inner World by Tracee Dunblazier
What words would you share to comfort members of our community who may be mourning?
Do everything that you can to embrace your grief and accept the loss of your loved one in the physical world so that you may open to their spirit and love from the spiritual world. Remember that there is no loss of love, ever. They are waiting for you to open to their new form of love and communication that is accessed because the heavy emotion of grief has prepared you.
Is there a tradition from your faith that might be comforting for people of other faiths?
Creating a memorial altar for the loved one and then working with it daily through prayer and conscious intention to grieve the loss, acknowledge what you miss and every other aspect of your grief, and then eventually to the new life you’d like to cultivate without the person. Keeping a daily transition journal will be helpful to complete old emotional and spiritual dynamics that you had with the person so that you can renew your heart for yourself first and eventually for them in the new way. Doing these things will allow for a streamlined grief process and cultivation of the understanding of what it actually means to be eternal.
Tracee Dunblazier, GC-C, CCDC, spiritual empath, shaman, educator, and spiritual counselor is based in Los Angeles, California. Tracee specializes in grief counseling, energy dynamics, intuitive counseling, Shamanic healing, past life regression, soul recovery, transition strategy, addiction transformation, and space clearings. In 2005, Tracee founded itztime.com to offer resources, education, and strategies for other practitioners as well as those just embarking on their spiritual path, and in 2012, Iamtoostrong.com, a site where people can tell their stories of overcoming and transformation.
As a multi-sensitive, Tracee blends information that she receives intuitively with different modalities to create a unique healing plan for every client. Every session is focused on freeing the client from their presenting issue to release, empower, and heal – no matter what the condition. Tracee’s compassionate, humorous, down-to-earth style supports and empowers clients as tender topics are addressed during the session.
Tracee’s been a guest on many prominent television and radio programs informing others about spirituality and sacred ritual practices. An accomplished author, Tracee’s published articles cover many subjects related to spirituality and her blog breaks down current events and daily energy dynamics that everyone experiences. Tracee holds workshops throughout the year as well as providing mentoring programs that teach spiritual development and energy dynamics to both the novice for self-healing and the professional practitioner.