A diagnosis of a serious illness can open up a lot of soul searching about the meaning and purpose of life and death. Chaplains, amongst other staff, are here to listen to your questions and explore some of the ways forward with you. Amidst the tears and laughter sometimes things become clearer: at other times there is the just the knowledge that someone is able to listen and bear the feelings with you.
Some people find comfort through taking part in religious services. You do not need to be a regular member of a worshipping community to be able to share in prayer, read the Scriptures or receive the sacraments. Chaplains are here to help you discern what might be helpful to you and can provide copies of scriptures or lead you in prayerful meditation.
A service of Holy Communion is held in the chapel on Mondays at 1.15pm. If you are not able to attend we can organise for a short service in your own room. A Roman Catholic chaplain visits weekly to bring Holy Communion to patients on the ward. Your own priest or minister is also very welcome to visit. Chaplains have links with other faith communities and can contact your religious leader on your behalf if you wish.
We offer a range of services which provide support for patients 24 hours a day.
We offer a range of education and training opportunities to NHS and non-NHS staff.
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St Benedict’s Hospice has provided specialist palliative care to the people of Sunderland and surrounding districts since 1984.
St. Benedict’s Hospice and Centre for Specialist Palliative Care
St. Benedict’s Way
Sunderland, SR2 0NY
Tel: (0191) 5128400
Registered Charity No 1019410