Focus on spiritual care at EACH
Read on to find out more about the development of spiritual care at EACH, and how spirituality is not necessarily about religion…
A short history of spiritual care at EACH
Alex South, EACH’s Lead Chaplain, has seen many changes during her 19 years at EACH. Starting her career as a nurse at Quidenham, she then moved to help set up the original Ipswich children’s hospice in the bungalow at Walker Close.
Alex has always been passionate about spiritual care being part of the holistic package of care EACH offers to families, and has developed our spiritual care from a one-day-a-week project while working as a nurse, to the core component of EACH care that it is today.
Spiritual care at EACH today
Alex is Spiritual Care Advisor for The Treehouse, and Lead Chaplain for EACH, overseeing spiritual care across the whole organisation. Sue Price and Kirsty Brown work as Spiritual Care Advisors at Milton and Quidenham. We also have volunteer chaplains at all three hospices, from a number of different faiths. The volunteer chaplains have a very clear model to follow, with clear boundaries – they attend the hospice in an informal way, allowing families to meet up with them to talk through anything they wish – they never push their own religion, but are available for families to connect with if a particular faith is important to them. We are constantly developing our links with faith groups, and hope in time to have connections with local Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Humanist groups. As well as providing a service for families, the volunteer chaplains and contacts aid staff understanding – which in turn helps staff to respond better and more appropriately to the needs of families from different faith groups.
However, spirituality is not all about religion – it can be about a search for a sense of hope, meaning or purpose, and questions about these themes can be particularly powerful at difficult times. Spiritual care is about supporting families from any faith or none in dealing with these big questions, in a way that suits their individual needs.
For more information about spiritual care at EACH, please contact:
Milton: Sue Price - firstname.lastname@example.org
Quidenham: Kirsty Brown - email@example.com
The Treehouse: Alex South - firstname.lastname@example.org