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.
We now extend invitations to families and friends around the first anniversary of the bereavement. These services have been well attended, and have offered an opportunity for people to come back to the Hospice to mark this very important and often emotive time.
The services take place monthly, usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, and last about half an hour. They are followed by refreshments in the Bistro. There are members of the Supportive Care Team’s bereavement volunteers on hand to meet and greet visitors, help with the service and talk to people over the refreshments.
Children are welcome and a volunteer member of the Children’s Services team is always in attendance.
Feedback is generally positive – people have said they enjoy the mix of music and readings, and find something helpful within the service.
By spiritual care we mean the essence of who a person is, what’s important to them, the things they are interested in, whatever lifts their spirits and how they cope with the difficult times in their life . This might be connected to faith or a particular spirituality, but can also be about things like family, sport, TV or your love of music.
We recognise that many things which give us pleasure and meaning in our life are more difficult to connect with when we are ill. However, this is just the time we need to connect with those pleasures even more.
Illness also brings us face to face with very difficult questions about the meaning of life, the meaning of illness, why bad things happen and how dreadful losses can be faced. Often a stay in a hospice gives time for contemplation and various questions arise, some religious, some not.
If it is your wish, we can help you to face those difficult questions. All our staff are trained to listen and help you explore these challenges.
Our Chaplain meets regularly with patients, family members and friends, exploring questions or simply just ‘being there’ in your journey.
Other clergy or religious leaders are welcome to visit the Hospice at any time to see members of their own community and to follow any appropriate religious observances. The Chaplain can facilitate this for you, and there is a list of faith leaders’ contact details available in the nurses’ office.
The Hospice Chapel offers a quiet place to pray, reflect or just be still. We encourage continuing spiritual care of families through local community faith congregations and groups.
Communion is available in patients’ rooms or in the chapel by arrangement with the Chaplain.
The Chaplain is also available to discuss funeral plans and options, and can conduct funerals in some circumstances
Please contact The Spring Centre for more information