For patients and their relatives
Coming into the Hospice can be an anxious time. The Spiritual Care Team are available to meet with, to be with, to listen or to talk things through with patients and their families. We also provide the opportunity for individual prayer and facilitation and support for patients throughout the Hospice to observe religious practices and rituals, and arrange for representatives of other faith communities to visit as appropriate.
Services and prayers in the chapel
The Hospice Chapel is in the main Reception area. It is a multi-faith space open for anyone to use day or night, and is used regularly by patients, relatives/carers and staff as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection. Apart from the formal services (when it is asked that the chapel space and particular faith tradition be respected) the chapel is always open for prayer.
Bedside communion/rites and rituals
For patients who are too unwell to come down to the chapel, a member of the chaplaincy can visit them to bring communion to them at their bedside. Likewise, visits from your own clergy or clergy from your faith will be arranged. Normally, you will be asked if you have any such needs so that we can arrange them for you.
Monday to Friday at 11.30am there is a Catholic Mass in the Chapel.
Each Tuesday at 2.00pm there is a service celebrated in the chapel by the by a local Church of England minister.
Each Wednesday at 2.00pm there is a sevice held in the chapel, led by Methodist/Free Church ministers. This service takes different forms and anyone is welcome to attend.
Holy books from different faiths, prayer mats and private space can be provided for anyone requiring them for prayer and religious practice. We will try to provide anything needed to help people practise their religion.
Remembrance books in the chapel
There are books of remembrance at the back of the chapel. These record the names of all our patients, members of staff and volunteers who are deceased.
The chaplaincy team link in with the bereavement support mornings and occasionally offer opportunities for worship.
Memorial services are arranged every two months and families receive a personal invitation near the time of the first anniversary.