We could not have been treated more sensitively in such a tranquil way to prepare us for the final outcome by all the staff.Family of a patient
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Spiritual and religious support
St Ann’s Hospice’s ethos of caring for the ‘whole person’ recognises that spiritual and religious care is as important as caring for physical and emotional needs.
Spirituality is the way people find meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in life. Many people find spirituality through religion. Some find it through music, art or a connection with nature. Others find it in their values and principles. It is also to do with who we are and what life is about. It has to do with our deepest longings; our sadness and joy; our loneliness and friendships; our fears and our times of trust; our beliefs and disbeliefs. It has to do with the very essence of our being.
Religion refers to faith, beliefs and practices that nurture a relationship with a superior being, force or power. Religion is a social institution in which people participate, as well as an individual search for meaning. Religious needs may include: Individual and corporate worship; Rituals, rites, blessings, sacraments; Personal and corporate prayer; Meditation and contemplation; Assurance and forgiveness; Seeing a faith representative; Possessing holy items.
We know that illness can lead people to think about some big questions – ‘Why is this happening?’, ‘What does it mean?’ Or to question whatever beliefs people have built their lives on. Here at St Ann’s, we recognise that it can help to talk to someone who can give both patients and their carers the time and space to put these kinds of concerns into words.
The Hospice’s Chaplain and spiritual care team, which includes access to our local Imam, Rabbi and other faith representatives, are here to help those, who wish to, find a way forward that respects their own point of view. Members of the team visit the wards regularly but the staff can contact them and ask them to come and see any who request a visit. Spiritual or religious leaders from the patient’s own community are also very welcome to visit and again, staff can contact them on behalf of the patient.
The Haven is a quiet space open at all times for those of any faith and none. A peaceful place to sit and reflect, meditate or pray.