What are IMD’s individual services and what do they cost?
IMD affordably connects people to Valerie Lovelace, a homeopath and holistic practitioner skilled in naturally supporting end-of-life needs and concerns. There are a variety of names for this kind of work. Some cultures call this person a Death Doula, some a Death Walker, others have other names.
We just call it important.
We think it is important and necessary to have someone at bedside who can facilitate in ways that convention often cannot. Our practitioner is confident and comfortable with end-of-life and has a lot of experience working with natural medicines. She is available to work with patients and family as they work together to create space for pending death and loss.
Homeopathic medicines and essences are chemical free, non-addictive, and naturally supportive. Natural medicines and energy body work can be a valuable augment to other forms of treatment and palliative end-of-life care.
IMD works with a fee model that enables anyone, regardless of economic status, to have access to individual services.
The baseline fee for individual services starts with round-trip mileage from our location to your location as computed by IMD using Google Maps. Mileage is charged at the standard IRS rate for business (currently $0.54 per mile for 2016).
As an example, if your location is 50 miles from our location, you will be charged for a 100 mile round trip, or $54.00.
You are asked to add what you consider to be a fair and personally meaningful amount to pay for time spent with you.
See this sample fee sheet for more information.
PLEASE DO NO FOREGO INDIVIDUAL SERVICES DUE TO ECONOMIC NEED. Prior to scheduling services, discuss your ability to pay and together we can find a way to work within your means.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. It is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe, and millions of others around the world, also benefit from its use.
The name homeopathy, coined by its originator, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing.
Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating a natural response toward wellness, or “at-ease-ness.” Homeopathy is founded on two basic principles:
Like Cures Like
The body knows what it is doing (even in dying) and symptoms are the body’s way of communicating illness or “dis-ease” in a very specific way. A homeopath uses that information to select a medicine that matches the unique symptom picture expressed by the patient.
The Minimum Dose
Minimum dose is based on the idea that the stimulus of a medicine works from upon the body’s vitality, so that only enough is administered to initiate the body’s own natural process.
At the end-of-life, homeopathic medicines may serve patients to relieve anxiety, resolve internal conflicts, and ease pain, while also maintaining a patient’s ability to remain awake and aware without sedation, even up to the final breath.
Why is homeopathy so popular around the world?
Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own powers to achieve resolution. You are treated as an individual, not as a collection of disease labels or symptoms. Homeopathy considers all of your symptoms at all levels of your being – the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical expression of your circumstances, and finds the ‘like cures like’ match for them.
Homeopathically prepared remedies, providing the minimum dose, are powerful and non-addictive.
Homeopathy may be used with conventional medications at the end of life. Homeopathic remedies can be very helpful for resolving long-standing chronic concerns, along with grief, loss, or conflict. It may also be helpful to the family following the loss of a loved one.
What is IMD’s interest in aid-in-dying legislation?
It’s My Death (IMD) supports fact-based education on the history and legislative process of patient-directed dying in the United States and other countries, including lifting social taboos around discussions of death and dying.
Providing a means for dialogue and access to studied research on the "death with dignity" movement fits the mission of our organization, which is to actively explore the meaning of life through embracing the certainty of death.
IMD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization interested in any topic related to death and dying.
IMD is keenly interested in working with legislators, community leaders, medical providers, clergy, and any others who wish to broaden their understanding of LD 1270 and similar legislation. The social and political movement for "death with dignity" or "compassionate dying" is rich with context, controversy, and diversity.
What better place for awakening to one's own compassion and mortality?
Margaret Atwood, author, writes: "In the end, we'll all become stories."
IMD believes it is up to each individual to write their own final paragraph in whatever way they choose.