Many people find that living with a terminal illness brings up questions around a sense of meaning, purpose or value.
Our Spiritual Care Team is experienced in helping people who are facing death or bereavement to reflect, and can help you explore any questions you might have about life. We can help if you are of any faith or none, and through listening and talking we can help you and your loved ones achieve a sense of peace and understanding. This support is available to you and your family and friends on our wards, at the hospice or in your own home.
Our Spiritual support is also open to carers – when people close to you become ill, this can raise questions and fears of a spiritual nature; perhaps challenging your sense of meaning, purpose and value, or your priorities and beliefs. Our Spiritual Care Team is available to anyone who might appreciate the company of someone who can listen and will help you explore any difficult questions that you may have.
If you would like more information on our spiritual support, please call 01293 447343 and ask to speak to our Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Lead.
What is Spiritual Care?
Spiritual Care is when we care about the person inside. When how you see yourself, what is important to you and how you see the world matters. We all do this in the way we treat one another, and we believe that this is shown in our hospice mission and values. The offer of Spiritual Care in a specific sense is for those things that we hold dear, feel strongly about, and are important for us personally. They can be day-to-day, or matters of how we understand our living and our dying.
Things such as: our values and wishes in life, beliefs and practices,
celebrations and regrets in life, questions, no matter how small or large, to which we might wish to find answers (not always possible but we can try)!
You may have concerns about how the progression of your illness is affecting you; the impact that your journey is having on your sense of self; challenges and fears you are facing; your family and others close to you.
How can we support you?
If you have an involvement with a faith or spiritual group, Minister, Priest, Imam or leader in your community, please let us know. If you have not done so yourself, we can contact them, should you wish, to arrange their visits. We can also arrange for leaders from a diverse number of groups to support you, along with our Spiritual Care team should you wish their support.
We will also support planning and arrangement of special services, events, memorials, or blessings whether you see yourself as religious, spiritual, or your wishes are personal and not connected to any religion or spiritual path.