Our chaplains offer spiritual care to patients and carers, as well as staff and volunteers.
Our chaplains help by offering a listening ear and, if appropriate, support people as they reflect, explore and remember. People understand spirituality in different ways and our chaplains are available to explore the meanings that people may have. Our staff are happy to arrange a visit from our Chaplaincy Team and we can also arrange for visits in the community. The team also offers religious care and, if requested, will arrange for visits by a patient’s own faith leader.
As part of the hospice team, they also provide support to bereaved families.
What is Spirituality?
A large proportion of the service offered by our chaplains involves exploring spirituality. People understand spirituality in differing ways. For you, it might mean:
- What makes you “you”
- Finding yourself again
- Being in relationships with others
- Searching for meaning and purpose in life
- Having a faith or belief system
- Recognising the importance of having a sense of hope
- Experiencing a sense of ‘something other’
- How you understand the world and your opportunities
Our Chaplains offer the time for people to discuss and explore some of these things and help gain an understanding of what spirituality is and means to them.
The Hospice has a chapel for use by patients, visitors, volunteers and staff. Many people find it to be a quiet and tranquil space for reflection and contemplation. Services of worship are held there regularly and it is always open.
Training to staff, volunteers and the wider community
The chaplains also contribute to the ongoing training for employees and the wider health community by providing teaching sessions on, for example, spiritual care, communication skills, difficult conversations, and emotional and personal resilience.
What people have said:
“Thank you so much for your comforting service for Malcolm. Your friendship over the last five years meant such a lot to him. He often talked about his visits to the chapel and his many chats to you. I’m sure this helped to make his illness easier to bear.”
“You have been with us through some of the most significant and emotional moments of our lives, for that I thank you.”
“I want to thank you for your sensitivity and support in the last few days of my mum’s life. As a family we felt that you were able to provide mum with the spiritual strength to enable her to experience peace.”
“You talked to Sarah about her faith, how she was feeling with her illness and general conversation which as you know, she enjoyed.”
“Thank you for the support you gave him in the hospice and a very big thank you for the service you gave at his funeral – it was as though you knew him for years.”
“He really enjoyed your friendly little chats, and his visits to the chapel. You helped him more than you will ever know.”
“You were there when I needed help, and mum appreciated your spiritual guidance so much.”Contact us