Patient and family support

Patient and family support

Posted on 20 November 2017 by Monika Reichelt

Providing emotional support for our families is vitally important to us at the hospice. This includes the spiritual and pastoral support by our Chaplain, Steve Brown.

The role of the Chaplain is to help patients and their families discover sources of hope, reconciliation and peace and to be able to express their unique identity. A Chaplain is there to listen, support, offer empathy, as well as provide space for rituals and prayer if that is required. The role also entails specific interventions to enhance spiritual wellbeing and at other times to help alleviate spiritual and emotional distress. He can also be involved in organising patients’ funerals.

The hospice Chaplain, Steve Brown says: “One of the highlights of this role is getting to know patients and finding out all about their lives and what has been important to them. I had the real privilege of taking a funeral service for a lady who loved all things country and western. All her friends and family were dressed in country and western outfits and the service had some of her favourite country and western songs. Being able to help put together a service that expressed who she was, was truly touching”.

He adds: “I find it a real privilege to work at Ayrshire Hospice. The staff and volunteers that work here all go above and beyond to make the patient and families have the best possible experience at a time in life that is particularly hard. To be part of such a great team where everyone goes the extra mile is a real highlight”.

If you would like to find out more about the Chaplaincy at the hospice, please visit /patients-carers/solas-community-and-day-services/family-care-service/spiritual-care/ or call 01292 269200 to speak to Steve Brown.