Companioning is about honouring the spirit:
It is not about focusing on the intellect.
Companioning is about curiosity:
It is not about expertise.
Companioning is about learning from others:
It is not about teaching them.
Companioning is about walking alongside:
It is not about leading or being led.
Companioning is about being still:
It is not about frantic movement forward.
Companioning is about discovering the gifts of sacred silence:
It is not about filling every painful moment with talk.
Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggles of others:
It is not about judging or directing those struggles.
Companioning is about being present to another person's pain:
It is not about taking away or relieving the pain.
Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion:
It is not about imposing order and logic.
Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being:
It is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
Source: 11 Tenets of Caring for the Bereaved by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
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