Our chaplains are here to offer spiritual support to those on their journey to and through death, as well as relatives and friends who are caring for their loved ones.
We are here to offer a listening and compassionate presence, and to come alongside you on your spiritual journey. Whilst we know this journey can be one of faith, we also understand that spirituality is far broader than this – it is about who we are, and was has been important or sacred to us in our life. Our chaplains work with people of all faiths and none to help you to:
- Explore your individual sense of meaning and purpose in life.
- Explore any spiritual, faith or religious attitudes, beliefs, values and concerns you may have – particularly in your journey with life and death.
- Affirm you life and worth by encouraging you to reminisce about the past; help you to gently address issues that you might want resolved; help you face the difficulties of the present and look to the future.
- Explore your hopes and your fears for yourselves, your family and friends.
- Explore the WHY? questions with regard to life – and in relation to death and suffering.
- We can advise and assist with funeral planning and conduct religious and non-religious services should you so wish.
We can also offer prayer with you and your loved ones, as well as space for meditation, contemplation and spiritual healing. We also offer communion, anointing, baptism, blessings and marriage – and other rituals that may be important to you. Prayer, meditation and rituals can take many forms, and we work together with you to honour that which you hold sacred, in the way that best speaks to you.
We have a varied team including Anglican, Interfaith and United Reform ministers. We presently have 5 volunteer chaplains who are associated with different church denominations – all are trained and able to have open discussions regarding spirituality and faith issues. We also have a contact database for those of other faiths, as well as the Humanist Society, and can liaise as required to enable a meeting – we are happy to welcome people from your own faith community. We respect those of all faiths and none – understanding that a person’s spirituality has many forms and expressions in life. View our Multi Faith Statement, here.
We are available to visit you at home, in Day Services, at the Beacon Centre, or on the In-Patient Unit. The Hospice has a small chapel, which is open to everybody for quiet moments of reflection, as well as religious services for visitors and patients. The chapel also contains some books of poetry, prayer and contemplation – spiritual and secular – chosen to soothe, comfort, heal and inspire.
Our chaplains work Monday to Friday (and on special festivals) and provide spiritual support to patients, relatives and staff. A short service of Holy Communion takes place on a Wednesday afternoon and all are welcome.
For more information on spiritual support, which is part of the Patient and Family Support Team, please contact us on 01252 729430