Spiritual Care & Support
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.
The Hospice’s Spiritual and Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Ali Oxborrow, and spiritual care team, which includes access to our local Imam and other faith representatives, are here to help those who wish to find a way forward that respects their own point of view. The team will come and see any patient who requests a visit. Spiritual or religious leaders from the patient’s own community are also very welcome to visit and staff can contact them on behalf of the patient.
We also have a Prayer/Quiet Room adjacent to the Chapel for reflection and private prayer. This room has a small collection of faith books and a prayer mat.
Our Spiritual and Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Ali Oxborrow, is also available to help plan and/or conduct funeral services.
Spirituality and bereavement come hand in hand and we write and invite the relatives and loved ones of patients who have died in the Hospice to our ‘Time to Remember’ service.
This service is a bi-monthly remembrance service for people who have died either in the Hospice itself or in the community, having been supported by our Community and Hospice at home teams. It is held on the last Friday of alternate months at 2.30pm in our Day hospice.
It is a quiet, reflective service where people have the opportunity to come together and remember their loved one alongside others. The names of the deceased are read out and a candle is lit in their honour. People are welcome to take these candles away with them. The service is designed to be spiritual rather than religious and is open to all. Refreshments are served in the dining room afterwards.
Services are currently held in January, March, May, July, September, November and when a person dies there is a three month gap between the death and an invitation for their family or friends to attend a service.
There is also an annual remembrance service held around Christmas time called ‘Lights of love’ where we partner with our Fundraising Team to hold several festive style remembrance services honouring our loved ones and supporting the Hospice through donations and the lighting of lights on Christmas trees located in Heywood, Littleborough, Wardle, Middleton, Rochdale and the Hospice.
There is a Book of Remembrance for our Hospice patients’ relatives to view which is opened daily at that day’s date.