Questions, questions…often illness prompts us and our families to think about hope, fear and the meaning of life. The changes in circumstances may bring their own disease. This may or may not be in a religious context, but in either case they may be deeply disturbing. The Head of Supportive Care, our chaplains and our team of volunteers are present in the Hospice to help you, your family and friends to address those questions, fears and uncertainties in a non-judgemental and safe environment. They are available for any patient, visitor and member of staff that wishes to see them.
The Hospice Chapel is open 24 hours a day for everyone to use. It is a quiet space in which to sit and reflect, light a candle, or listen to music on headphones; additionally, there is a book to write your thoughts or requests in. A number of other aids to prayer or reflection are also available for you to use.
Support and Remembering
During the year, the Spiritual Care team provides regular opportunities for those who have been bereaved or are facing bereavement to meet and talk. More personal support is also available at the Hospice if that is appropriate. In addition, at Christmastime the Hospice works with local churches and the Cathedral to organise a series of ‘Light up a Life’ services wherein local communities can remember loved ones. We also organise a Midsummer Lights event in the summer.
The aim of St Michael’s Hospice is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers. The Supportive Care team wholeheartedly supports this and does all it can to contribute towards it.