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My hospice care

Jacky Smith with cat Ellie

Jacky Smith is 49 and living with MND. Ellie is her beloved cat. Jacky writes about her hospice care. Day hospice is my extended family, being there to comfort, console but also allow me to enjoy my time there and have a laugh with the staff, volunteers and other patients. Most are brought into hospice by… Read more »

‘Dying is a certainty for us all’


As a Chaplain I constantly reflect on the simple truth that dying is a certainty for us all.  Also that humankind has decided the sort of age at which we think it is acceptable to die, and it is a figure that gets bigger and bigger as the years roll on.  Yet I still surprise… Read more »

In celebration of nurses

sophie Edmonds Nurse Specialist

      In celebration of Nurses’ day 2016 I wanted to reflect what I love about nursing and my job as Community Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Richard’s Hospice. This has proved surprisingly difficult yet effortlessly easy at the same time! I came into this job in April 1998. Wow! I can’t imagine that… Read more »

Thoughts on group support following suicide

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As a Family Support Team, we receive referrals to support those whose loved one has died by suicide. I was pleased to have the opportunity to set up and help facilitate a Relatives and Friends Through Trauma Group, especially as we had discovered that there was a need for a specific support group here in… Read more »

Knitted prayer squares offer comfort

Max Steele DH patient and Clare Griffiths with prayer square

Our chaplaincy team have recently been given a number of prayer squares, knitted or crocheted by local groups and individuals.  They are made with a cross on them and the idea is that the creator prays for the recipient, even though they do not know who that person is or what their individual needs are…. Read more »

Supporting schools through bereavement

Dear Mummy tree hanging

St Richard’s Hospice not only cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses, its specialist teams support bereaved families and provides training and support to other professionals that are involved with families at these difficult times. Children may find illness and death difficult to understand and come to terms with. Their awareness of what is happening within… Read more »

Thoughts on End of Life Care Report

Mark Jackson Chief Executive Head and shoulders

We were pleased to read that The Royal College of Physicians biannual report on end of life care in NHS hospitals, issued this week, acknowledges that there have been improvements although it also identifies that there is still much more that needs to be done. Reading the report it feels as if the College are… Read more »

Hospice – a travellers’ inn on the way of life

community hospice at home Erica Brown Henley Thomas and Tricia Thomas 1

Henley and Tricia Thomas live in Malvern and have been married for 54 years. Henley, 85, a former English and Drama teacher, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease ten years ago. The couple benefit from St Richard’s care and support through the Parkinson’s Clinic, Hospice at Home, Day Hospice, Carers Group, physiotherapy, complementary therapy and community… Read more »

Hospice care reaches global audience

Minnie Pang and Maggie

Blogs featuring the care of St Richard’s Hospice and a fundraising concert by nine year old Maggie Walker, who lives near Malvern, have been viewed over 220,000 times by a global Chinese audience. The blogs were written by Maggie’s mum, Minnie Pang, an experienced international photojournalist. Maggie and five of her friends put on a… Read more »

My St Richard’s by Kate Palmer 

Kate Palmer volunteer at St Swithins book shop crop

I have been a volunteer in the St Swithin’s Street shop book department for just over a year.  Prior to that I was a customer, as I have always loved books, which was when I saw the vacancy for a volunteer advertised.  As I am a busy, full-time mum, the flexibility of this role is… Read more »