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Family and Friends

The Hospice of St Francis offers support to the patient, their family (including children and teenagers) and close friends, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.

When someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, everybody in the family is affected. It takes time to adjust and find ways of managing the illness and treatment.

There are many questions a carer and the patient might have including:

  • What and when to talk to the children about what’s going on?
  • How to manage financially?
  • Who is there to help care for the patient?

The Supportive Care Team is specially trained in psychosocial care and family work, offering the following services:

Complementary Therapies can play a key role in improving wellbeing and reducing anxiety.

Creative Therapy is utilised in a variety of ways to support meaningful occupation and psychological support

Social Care offers a wide range of support to patients and their families, from emotional support to practical help with housing and accessing other services including financial information and advice provided by Citizens Advice Bureau.

Spiritual Care is whatever lifts your spirit! This could be your faith, football, family, TV or your love of music.

Carer Support Coordinators and other members of the Supportive Care and Community Nurses Team- provide individual carers assessments to help you to identify support that is most appropriate to you in your role as a carer on an appointment basis.

Bereavement support team can provide a space to talk about loss. Supportive Telephone calls, support groups and individual, face to face counselling are available.

Services of Thanksgiving and Remembrance - Our Chaplain coordinates regular Services of Thanksgiving and Remembrance to allow our bereaved friends and relatives a chance to reflect upon and commemorate their loved ones.

Children’s Services offer support to children and young people when there is significant illness in the family before and after bereavement

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