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Chaplaincy – providing spiritual care and support

Our aim is to offer comfort and support, a listening ear, space and provision for varied religious and spiritual beliefs
Revd Darren McClintock
The largest part of chaplaincy work at the hospice is in offering spiritual care and support to patients and their relatives and carers as well as to the bereaved and the wider hospice staff. The chaplains are an integral part of the multi-professional team and work closely alongside other disciplines at the hospice, including the doctors, nurses and clinical psychologists.

Our aim is to offer comfort and support, a listening ear, space and provision for varied religious and spiritual beliefs and a confidential place to talk about those things that can sometimes be difficult to share with close friends and family. The chaplains are there for just this purpose – for people of any faith or none.
Additionally, the chaplains support ward staff in promoting respect and dignity for all, as well as offering specific spiritual and religious care and support appropriate to the needs of each individual.
The chaplaincy team are also, at times, asked by families of patients who have died at the hospice to conduct the funeral service of their loved one. They often express how important it is to them that someone who has met and known the patient and family, even very briefly, to take the service for them. We are happy to offer this service where possible.
The chapel offers a welcoming and quite space for all those who use the hospice:  so they can gather their thoughts, take a moment to reflect on life with all its complexities, joys and sorrows, light a candle, make a prayer request or pray quietly on their own. The chaplains are also available to offer prayer with patients and their families and friends. 
On most Sundays there is a service of Christian Worship at 2.30 p.m. These services are led by local church groups. We are very grateful to them for offering their support in this way. On Monday afternoons at 3.30 p.m. there is also a short, 20-30 minute, service, based on a ‘thought for the day’. With an underlying Christian aspect it is still very suitable for people of any faith or none. We also offer prayers, Holy Communion and other services at the bedside for those patients who are unable to get to the chapel.