Spiritual support for families and carers

St Richard’s offers high-quality care physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially – with the Chaplaincy Team leading on spiritual care.

The team supports people of all faiths and philosophies. Often, when faced with a serious progressive illness, people who have not previously had much time, or opportunity, to think seriously about their beliefs may want to discuss these things with someone who knows how to listen.

During this time, the compassionate and gentle support offered by a Chaplain can help them remember all the things that are most important to them, with all the strength and reassurance those memories can bring.

Our dedication to offering a service that is respectful towards a variety of human beliefs means that we can support people of all faiths and philosophies. We are committed to making sure that people from all traditions will feel at home in our care.

The hospice’s team of paid and voluntary Chaplains are fully involved in the care of patients on the In-patient Unit, while attending the Living Well Centre and when being supported at home. The team also offers spiritual care for relatives and friends both before death and during bereavement. During the coronavirus pandemic, much of this support is on the phone or by video call to keep people safe.

When Covid-19 restrictions allow, visitors In the peace and quiet of the Sacred Space, can light a candle, add a prayer or memory in the books provided, come to see the Book of Remembrance, speak to a Chaplain or just take time to reflect.

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