Serious illness and referral to a hospice can stir up strong emotions and anxieties. These might include disbelief, anger, sadness, fear and many other feelings.
You might question things in which you have long trusted, or be disappointed over hopes that have been dashed. You may be disturbed by regrets or unsettling memories.
The Chaplaincy Team
To assist with these sensitive conversations the Hospice provides a chaplaincy service. We are certainly not just interested in those who might call themselves religious. We will be pleased to talk with you in the Hospice or visit you in your own home. We have an office on the in-patient unit and welcome you to pop in any time we are there.
We were sad to say farewell to Steve Barnes who led the Chaplaincy until July this year before retiring. At the announcement that he was retiring, there was an outpouring of gratitude and good wishes towards him via letters and social media. He is a much-loved part of the local community and many, many people thanked him for his support when they needed a kind word or advice at a very difficult time in their lives.
The Chaplaincy now comprises our new Chaplain, Martha McInnes and her assistant, Coralie Mansfield. We warmly welcome Martha to the role and wish her a smooth transition and a deep and meaningful time as she gets to know our patients, their families and friends, as well as our Willen Hospice colleagues. The Chaplaincy team can be contacted at the Hospice on 01908 663636 ext. 245, or email@example.com or by asking any other member of Hospice staff.
The Chapel & Quiet Room
The Hospice has a Chapel/Quiet Room, where you may wish to hang a thought on the prayer tree or simply relax. For those who wish it, there is opportunity for prayer, Holy Communion, or even weddings and blessings. We can also put you in touch with other faith or community leaders of your choice.
The Hospice holds three memorial services each year at which we remember patients who have died in our care, either at Willen or in the community.
Around the time of the first anniversary families receive a personal invitation to attend a service. There is plenty of room at the services for as many of your family and friends who would like to come. Names are read and a candle lit for each person we are remembering and the candles can be taken home afterwards.
The services are at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone and lasts for about 45 minutes. Each service is followed by refreshments and a chance to meet some of our staff and volunteers.
We are also reliant on volunteers who fulfil several roles: greeting people as they arrive; singing in our make-shift choir; reading and assisting with refreshments. To find out more about volunteering click here.
Memorial Service Date
3.00pm Sunday 14 October 2018
If you would like to know more about our memorial services please contact our Chaplain Martha McInnes on 01908 663636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Place to Remember
Many people like to keep someone's memory alive with an online memorial page. Willen Hospice has an online service called a Place to Remember that creates a page in memory of your loved one. Find out more here.