Spiritual Care is an important aspect of the care offered in Pilgrims Hospices and you will meet a wide variety of staff who are sensitive to your spiritual needs.
At times of crisis in people’s lives such as serious illness or bereavement, many issues are raised which might be called ‘spiritual’. These issues might be religious or simply how we are feeling about things that are happening; our relationships with others; or questions about the meaning of life.
Our chaplains are available to all
Our chaplains are available to support you and your family, whether or not you hold religious beliefs.
Each of the three Pilgrims Hospices has a Chaplain or a Spiritual Care Co-ordinator who is responsible for spiritual care within the multidisciplinary team. These are available to all patients and their carers both in the community and in the in-patient units, whether or not they adhere to religious beliefs or practices. Chaplains and other local clergy also lead worship in the chapels and administer prayers and sacraments at the bedside when requested. There are also a number of Chaplaincy volunteers who offer spiritual care to patients and families.
Community patients can request to see a Chaplain or a Spiritual Care Co-ordinator through their specialist palliative care nurse or by ringing the hospice. In-patients may well meet them on their rounds or can request a visit via other staff – they will be available for you to talk to about anything you wish. They can also arrange a visit by a leader from one of the local faith communities at patients’ requests.
Do you need a quiet space?
Each hospice has its own chapel, which is always open and available for patients and visitors. Each of these provides a beautiful space for quiet prayer, meditation or reflection as well as the services, which take place on Sundays for ward patients and carers and during the week (for day hospice patients).
Pilgrims Hospices chaplains are registered with the United Kingdom Board for Health Care Chaplaincy. They are also members of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains and work to its Standards and Code of Conduct.