Patients and those they are close to can find themselves with questions at the end of life. Often these are about meaning and purpose, or they may be about ‘why?' 

Our vision and ambition for spiritual support at the hospice is that it responds to, although not necessarily answers, these questions. We believe that an individual’s spirituality is discovered and supported by attention to their life story, a story told as the individual chooses, and a story encouraged by open questioning and generous listening.

We see spiritual support as distinct from, although inclusive of, religious support.

Our aim is for spiritual support to become ‘everybody’s business’; part of the normal practice of all staff and volunteers, who will strive to be open to conversations, whatever it is you may want to share or reflect on.  

Our hospice Spiritual Support Lead, David Knight, can be contacted on 01323 434244 or via email at [email protected]He works alongside a team of Spiritual Support Volunteers. Should you so wish we can also organise for you to meet a religious leader of your faith.

A space for reflection  -  our Retreat

A photo displaying the St Wilfrids Hospice Memory Tree, as light from a window to the side of the installation creates shimmering light on the reflective surfaces.The Retreat, situated just off our central Street area, and its accompanying garden are open to all, 24 hours a day.

We invite you to make use of this quiet, tranquil space to reflect, gather your thoughts, sit in silence or talk with your family, friends or someone from our Spiritual Support team.

The Retreat has a book of memories which you are welcome to add thoughts and, if your wish, prayers to. Just outside, there is our Memory Tree.