Often life-limiting illness prompts people to think about their hopes and fears, as well as trying to understand the changes in their lives and face the challenge of questions like, ‘Why me?’
Patients can choose how much spiritual care and support they want to receive but as it is an important aspect of the holistic approach we offer, every patient is made aware of the Chaplaincy service.
The Chaplaincy team consists of a full time Chaplain assisted by volunteers from a variety of faiths and denominational backgrounds. They spend time in the Day Hospice and In-patient Unit, as well as visiting people in the community. Their aim is to offer opportunities to explore spiritual issues in the context of a patient’s beliefs and philosophy of life. They can discuss issues of religious belief, irrespective of what those beliefs may be and are often involved in funeral planning, other plans and concerns for the future and supporting family and friends.
Patients also have the option of attending a reflective ‘service’ held each day in our chapel and local clergy are encouraged to visit people known to them in the Hospice.
Our Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care leaflet has more information about this free service. Download it now.
The Chaplaincy Team support patients who wish to arrange a wedding, blessing, baptism and other significant personal events.
In conjunction with the Bereavement Service, they also hold two services of Remembrance and Thanksgiving every June and December. Check our events calendar for dates.