Life is a cycle and is natural. Doctors who have not come to terms with their own mortality cannot give good advice on dying. Working with physicians, families, spiritual leaders, and patients is very important. Making decisions about possible treatment can be challenging when patients are dying. How much treatment and what kinds are appropriate? Every situation is different and solutions are different and must be individualized; personalized integrative solutions are needed. Family dynamics can be major factors and often times solutions are both logical and emotional.
Of Western Band Tsalagi (Cherokee) Ancestry, Phillip Scott has walked the Native path for over twenty-five years, learning from Medicine/Holy people, tribal Spiritual leaders, shamans and elders from various traditions. A ceremonial leader in the Lakota tradition, Tsunka Wakan Sapa (Black Horse) is devoted to sharing Indigenous wisdom and healing practices with the contemporary world, serving as a ceremonialist, spiritual counselor and educator in universities, hospitals, hospices, schools and corporations throughout the United States. Interviewed both nationally and internationally on radio, television and in newspapers, he has been featured in journals and books. In addition to directing the programs at Ancestral Voice - Center for Indigenous Lifeways in Northern California, he maintains a private healing practice, performs ceremonies, lectures and conducts workshops and pilgrimages worldwide.