Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy

All definitions of hospice and palliative care talk of four key ingredients. St Richard’s offers high quality care in all four areas – physical, emotional, spiritual and social – with the Chaplaincy Team leading on the provision of Spiritual Care.

The team – being multi denominational itself – readily supports people of all faiths and philosophies. Click here for Multi Faith Advice. Please Ask Clare (Chaplain Clare Griffiths) a question and she will do her utmost to help.

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 which 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 day services and when being supported at home. The team also offers spiritual care for relatives and friends both before death and during bereavement.

In the peace and quiet of the Sacred Space, visitors 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.




Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.