The Gathering is held every weekday at 12 noon in our Quiet Room. All patients and their visitors are welcome to attend, as well as those attending the hospice for other services such as counselling.
It is an opportunity to pause in the day, and share in this peaceful time together, to reflect with a reading, music and quietness, and to join in with the lighting of candles and ecumenical prayer.
The Gathering will soon be online – watch this space!
This peaceful room opening onto a secluded garden is at the heart of the hospice building. It is a place of refuge and reflection day or night open and available for everyone to use.
There is a bowl with floating candles in the centre of the room, which we light during our daily Gathering, but which are also available for patients, families, staff and visitors, to come and light – for prayer, contemplation or remembrance.
We also have a prayer tree, with special leaves that you can write your prayers or blessings onto. We offer these in our Gathering at the end of every month.
One of the special features of the hospice garden, is our labyrinth, situated next to the summer house. Labyrinths are an ancient symbol and are used nowadays in many spiritual settings to aid meditation, contemplation and prayer.