Having to cope with a serious illness can often lead you to consider deep and searching questions. The meaning of life may be an issue, or you might find that your core beliefs about life are being challenged. Whether you are the person with the illness, a family member or a close friend, you may find it helpful to talk these concerns through with the chaplain, who is there to provide you with spiritual support, whether or not you hold religious beliefs. If you belong to a particular faith community, the chaplain will encourage support from your own minister, but is happy to help with enquiries where appropriate.
We aim to offer an approach that is sensitive to your needs and supports you in your spiritual journey at this difficult time. A lay chaplaincy team works closely with the chaplain and helps in the leading of services and in visiting.
Our Chapel and 'Reflections Room' are spaces for quiet or prayer and are available 24 hours a day for anyone to use. A service is held every Friday at 1.45pm in the Chapel to which everyone is welcome. On most other weekdays a short time of reflection also takes place in the Chapel from 11.50am to midday. All are welcome.
In association with the hospice's bereavement service, a meeting focused around a short time of reflection is held every month for those who have been recently bereaved. There are also twice-yearly 'Thanksgiving' services, which take place in different venues within the local community, when we remember those who have died under the care of the hospice. In December, the hospice hosts 'Light up a Life' which is a Christmas event as well as a celebration of life. This is held locally and is open to the public.
The hospice chaplain also regularly visits Chestnut Tree House, our hospice for children and young adults, and is available there to help with the spiritual needs of the children, their families and others who care for them.