17th January 2021

Spiritual care continues through pandemic

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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 will feel at home in our care.

The chaplaincy team has good relationships with all faith groups, and can help put patients and their families in touch with them for support.

Lead Chaplain Clare explains: “Spiritual care is offered to people of all faiths and philosophies and can support mental and physical wellbeing.

Clare Griffiths, Lead Chaplain

“At a time of serious illness and pandemic, questions of life and death can become more acute. It may be helpful to have someone to talk to when these thoughts are whirling around our minds and when we feel afraid.

“Sometimes, general support is all that is required: a different conversation, another perspective, and a new face at a time when visiting arrangements have changed.”

Face-to-face chaplaincy support continues on our In-patient Unit, with the team using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help keep everyone safe.

Community chaplaincy continues virtually, over the phone or by video call. The team also make visits when they are urgently needed.

Volunteer chaplains continue to support patients over the phone and offer weekly, virtual quiet time sessions for patients and carers.

Find out more about Chaplaincy Support at St Richard’s Hospice.