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Spiritual care continues through pandemic

Did you know, one of the services we offer patients and their loved ones is spiritual care? Through the pandemic our team of chaplains continues to safely support people of all faiths and none – both face-to-face, over the phone, or by video call. We are committed to making sure that people from all traditions… Read more »

How volunteers support patients and loved ones

We are so grateful to the volunteers who are able to safely carry on with their roles during the pandemic. Among this group are our wonderful Family Support Volunteers (FSVs) who adapted to continue giving emotional support to patients and bereaved people. Matt Jackson, Family Support Manager, said: “Our volunteers have been truly amazing. They… Read more »

St Richard’s Community Team at Christmas

Christmas been very different for everyone this year, with many unable to see family and friends as usual. Mindful of how the pandemic restrictions could leave patients isolated, our Community Team is working to ensure those we care for continue to feel supported at this time of year. The Hospice at Home team has been… Read more »

Benefits of yoga

One-to-one yoga sessions have made a big difference to the life of Carole, a chef and mum-of-two who is being supported by St Richard’s Hospice. Carole, 55, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer 19 months ago and has been having regular yoga classes with Sally, a St Richard’s social worker and trained yoga… Read more »

Managing grief at Christmas

  Jo Jones from Hospice UK has written this useful article about finding support and managing grief at Christmas. (courtesy of Dying Matters.org) Christmas can be a stressful period even at the best of times but coping with a loss at this time of year can really test the strongest of people. The festive season… Read more »

Carers Rights Day 2020

When someone becomes unwell, often their loved one finds themselves providing support and practical care. Today, on Carers Rights Day, we’re highlighting how we can support those looking after a loved one with a serious, progressive illness. It’s easy for carers to get lost in all the demands made on them. And, it’s not unusual… Read more »

Reflections on the grieving process

Read a moving piece written by Justin Bowen to mark the one-year anniversary of his wife Helga’s death. In the piece, Justin reflects on his grieving process and documents his experience in the hope it will bring comfort, or be of use, to others in a similar situation. Helga was supported by Sue Sharp, the… Read more »

“Thank you for helping make a difference in challenging times”

The past few months have been incredibly challenging for us all as we adapt to life under the coronavirus pandemic. Every day we hear of the trauma and disruption caused by the virus, and our hearts go out to everyone affected. Among the obstacles we have faced at St Richard’s Hospice is to continue raising… Read more »

Finding your own inner peace

candles flickering

This summer is like no other. We are restricted in our movements and some elements of lockdown will most probably still be with us for some time. Summer holidays are likely to be different with more staycations in the UK or even at home, and less milling around in crowded airports. The experience is dependent… Read more »

“Proud to see teams innovating to care”

If we were to rewind 2020 by a couple of months, I wouldn’t be able to imagine the future as it is now – changed beyond recognition by Covid-19. Life has altered for all of us – and we are reminded daily of the heart-breaking human cost of coronavirus. At what is already an unimaginably… Read more »