Sunset~Chapter Ministry

Online spiritual care for the dying and their families, before and during the Sunset Chapter, with Sister Teja.

The Sunset Chapter* is the last chapter as the sun is going down at the end of the book of life. Chapter one begins with birth, the sunrise… the middle chapters are the days and nights of the lifetime, with a sunset each night to help us practice letting go (of each day), in preparation for the ultimate letting go of our lives at the last sunset, at the end of the last chapter.

(* “Sunset Chapter” is distinct from the “Sunset Day” phenomenon, also called “terminal lucidity” which is a last burst of heightened awareness shortly before death.)

Sister Teja offers spiritual care support sessions (via video calls) to the dying and those supporting them, while they are preparing for and living through the Sunset Chapter of life.

Offering spiritual care to the dying and their families is a sacred calling for Teja. She is deeply honored to work this holy ministry, and she prays to be a channel for grace. She is not an attendant who comes to help in your home, but rather she is a spiritual helper, helping you or your loved one to have a good Sunset Chapter.

Sister Teja is a hospice volunteer who has trained in relaxation techniques, guided imagery tools, energy healing, and meditation practices. She loves and respects all religions and other cosmic belief systems, thus she supports each individual where they are, on their unique spiritual path.

Teja adheres to the privacy act (HIPPA), thus she will only discuss your care with people who you authorize, except in the event that you express causing harm to yourself or others.

For more information and to schedule your spiritual care support sessions, please fill out the contact form on this website here: Contact.
(After submitting the form, you will receive an email reply from Teja shortly.)

Spiritual care support sessions with Sister Teja typically last one hour and are by donation. (Suggested minimum donation is $25.) After you schedule your session, please make your donation here: Donate.

Teja looks forward to hearing from you
and to being of service to you and your loved ones.


Recommended Reading ~

~ On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Families, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.

~ Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities At the End of Life, by Ira Byock, M.D.

~ Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying (A pastoral guide for hospice care workers and all who live with the terminally ill), by Kathy Kalina

~ Words at the Threshold: What We Say As We’re Nearing Death, by Lisa Smartt

~ Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die (Death stories of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist, and Zen masters), by Sushila Blackman

~ Does Death Really Exist?, by Swami Muktananda

~ Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, by Mark Harris


Disclaimer for the spiritual care support sessions with Sister Teja:

Please note that Teja Shankara is not a licensed physician. She is not qualified to prescribe medication, diagnose medical or psychological conditions, or treat mental disorders. The spiritual care support sessions with Sister Teja are alternative or complementary to standard medical care services. If you have any questions about your mental or physical health, please consult your primary care physician.




Photo of Sunset on Mt. Ashland taken by Teja’s son Gabe.


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