Spiritual care is an important part of the holistic care we offer to patients, families and carers. We believe the spiritual dimension is much broader than religious affiliation and concerns the whole of you and as such is an essential part of your well-being.
For some people religious care forms a part of spiritual care but this is not true for everyone and need not be the case.
Spiritual care comes in many forms. We try and appeal to the whole person offering creative expression through music and art as well as pleasure and relaxation through our various wellbeing therapies. Spiritual care is here for all our patients, families, carers, volunteers and staff. Whoever you are you are welcome.
Some of the primary concerns of a patient or their families can be questions relating to a search for meaning, purpose and hopes for the future, especially when faced with illness. Searching questions may arise at such a challenging time, which can feel difficult and complex. Comfort and inner strength can feel elusive.
The Chaplaincy team is here to offer you support and a listening ear. Your individual experience, feelings and views will be respected, whatever they may be, for those with faith and those with none. Hospice in the Weald does not allow any staff or volunteers to evangelise or promote any faith or beliefs.
The Chaplaincy Team
Our Chaplaincy volunteers work as part of the hospice multi-discplinary team to offer spiritual and pastoral support throughout the Hospice community as requested.
The team adheres to the national standards for Hospices and Palliative Care Chaplaincy. Any members of the team will be happy to meet with you to discuss anything of concern, and to support you in any way they can formally, or more informally, as you wish.
Visits can also be arranged by a leader from a patients' own faith community or religious tradition.
There are regular informal and ecumenical gatherings of prayer which take place in our beautiful Quiet Room. All are welcome. Holy Communion can be given on request.
Contacting the Chaplain
For more information please contact Urtzi Cristobal, Head of Counselling & Support Service on 01892 820525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chaplaincy office is opposite the Quiet Room and you are welcome to call by to speak with one of the team. If it is an emergency and out of hours, we have contacts of local clergy who have offered to provide support as needed. The clergy can be contacted via the nurses on the In-Patient Ward.
For more on the subject of spiritual care, see this article written for a previous Hospice Newsletter: What do we mean by spiritual care at Hospice in the Weald?