Our Hospice Chaplains are here for you, whether you are a patient, family member or carer. They offer a friendly support and a listening ear. Your individual experience, feelings and views are respected, whatever your beliefs.
Our spirituality concerns the whole of us and is an essential part of our well-being. When we face a serious illness, questions may arise which can feel difficult and complex. Some people find it helpful to explore their anxieties or fears about what happens when they die, or after death, and ease these worries through sharing them.
For some, prayers or receiving a blessing are an important part of being at peace before they die. For others it may be a different way of being themselves and expressing what matters.
Penny Stephens and Annie Blampied-Radojcin work with a group of trained and supervised chaplain volunteers. Together they offer spiritual and pastoral support throughout the Hospice community.
Annie and Penny are members of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains and the team adheres to the national standards for Hospices and palliative Care Chaplaincy.
The team can arrange visits from a patients’ own faith community or religious tradition.
The Quiet Room and Garden
This peaceful room opening on to a secluded garden and fountain, 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.
You are welcome very weekday at 12 noon for a Gathering in our Quiet Room, to share in a gentle time together. We reflect with music and quietness, and join in with the lighting of candles and prayer. Holy Communion is offered each weekday at the end of the Gathering for those who wish to receive it, and upon request for patients on the ward.
A labyrinth is laid out in the garden close to the summer house. Many people find walking the labyrinth a meaningful way to find calm, inner strength and peace