Spiritual care and pastoral support is an important part of our hospice. Our aim is to offer confidential pastoral and spiritual support to both patients and loved ones at a time that is often difficult and challenging. Our experienced team, including volunteers, visit the Day Hospice and the In-Patient Unit every weekday in the late morning. They are also available to chat with privately. They can pray with you or discuss issues of a spiritual or religious nature.
Our service is for everyone. Most of our patients are not part of a religious community and you do not need to be religious to use our service. However, if you would like a visit from your own community, this can be arranged for you.
You will be treated with confidentiality and respect
Spiritual needs might not be the same as ‘religious’. They may, for example, concern how we are feeling about changes or events that are happening in our lives, our feelings about ourselves or our relationships with others.
- We might have questions about the meaning of life or our basic beliefs…
- Sometimes our faith can be shaken by difficulties, as a patient, or a relative or friend of a patient…
- You can talk to any member of staff about your spiritual concerns.
Our Chapel and Quiet Room are at the end of the main day lounge. They are always open and available for patients, visitors and staff, of all faiths and none. They provide a peaceful place for reflection, meditation or prayer, or just somewhere quiet and private to be with your feelings. There are books and texts to support you, candles to light and a book to write thoughts and prayers in if you wish.
It is our hope that during your time as a hospice patient you and your loved ones will find not only physical and emotional support but also spiritual resources to help at a difficult time in your life.
For those who would like to attend a Christian service in our Chapel, please inform one of our nursing team:
- Tuesday 11:45 Ecumenical
- Thursday 11:45 Ecumenical
- Bedside Communion is available on Sunday afternoons
We also offer Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Sick and Services of Blessing. We hold A Time to Remember service here four times a year, to which we invite relatives of those who have been in our care.
How to contact us
If you would like to speak with anyone from the team, please ask any member of the hospice staff and volunteers. You can also leave a message out of hours with reception on 01524 382538.