Our chaplaincy team is part of the professional team involved in your support and care through the hospice. Illness often prompts us to think about our hopes and fears and to try to come to terms with major changes in our lives.
Many patients and their families talk to us about the ‘big questions’ that are suddenly being asked such as ‘Why me?’, ‘What happens now?’ and ‘What has my life been about?’ Our chaplaincy team aims to help you work through those questions.
The chaplaincy team
Our chaplain leads a small team of volunteers from different backgrounds. We are glad to offer spiritual and emotional care alongside or separate from religious care. We will support you, whatever your beliefs are.
The chapel contains symbols and items from different faiths and approaches to spirituality; a candle bowl is available if you would like to light a candle, as is the hope tree for your messages and prayers. There are times for people to gather in the chapel for reflection during the week; this option is available to everyone.
How can the chaplaincy team help?
A member of our chaplaincy team is available to anyone who is admitted to our In-Patient Unit. We can also offer to see you in Day Hospice or at home, where you may feel more at ease to talk.
The support we offer is varied and can include:
- simply being a listening ear;
- helping with prayer;
- laying on of hands; and
- assisting with the preparations for and conducting of funerals, Holy Communion, weddings, blessings of relationships, baptisms or confirmations.
If you’d like, our team can also link in with your local faith community. Our chaplaincy team will not impose our personal faith on you; we will meet you where you are with the concerns you face at this difficult time.
Please speak to a member of the Family Support Team or email us if you feel our chaplaincy services could be of use to you.