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Psychological & Spiritual Wellbeing

Our team can help patients, their families, friends and carers by offering counselling, bereavement support, social groups and spiritual care.

Psychological and spiritual wellbeing with St Barnabas

We offer relaxation therapies such as meditation and exercise classes including tai chi which many of our attendees find improves their mood. Click here to find out more about these services.

Below you will find some of the ways we can support you with your mental health.

To find out what services are available in your area, please call our Palliative Care Coordination Centre on 0300 020 0694.

Counsellling

We offer free one-to-one counselling to patients of St Barnabas, family members, friends and carers.

Emotional or psychological distress, increased anxiety and worry is not uncommon among people affected by life-limiting or terminal illness. Talking about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and sensitive way with a trained counsellor can help.

This support can be accessed within one of our Wellbeing Centres or in the comfort of your own home, by telephone or video call.

To apply, speak to your St Barnabas healthcare professional, or to refer yourself directly call us on 01522 518 246 or email counselling.services@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Click here to download the brochure with information about counselling.

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Bereavement support

We offer support for those experiencing grief from all bereavement, you do not need to have lost a person who was using care from St Barnabas to access the below bereavement support.

Helpline

We have a Bereavement Helpline available from Monday to Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm. When you call us, you will get immediate support from one of our trained volunteers.

Our volunteers will listen to you, offer support, and provide practical advice to help you cope. They might also be able to tell you about services near to you could help with a particular issue or provide long-term support, or we might be able to refer you to our counselling service.

Call us on 0300 303 1897.

Support groups

If you are struggling with bereavement, please don’t hesitate to join us at one of our drop-in groups around the county.

These groups are completely free of charge and open to everyone. It is a safe environment where you can share your story with others who are grieving, and gain support as you navigate this difficult time and adjust to your loss.

The host of the group will be an experienced clinical staff member of St Barnabas Hospice, licensed to support people who have experienced loss.

Click here to download the brochure with  information about our bereavement support. (button to download the leaflet)

To find out what services are available in your area, please call our Palliative Care Coordination Centre on 0300 020 0694.

Spiritual care

We are here for people of all faiths and none.

Spiritual care addresses a person’s understanding of life, hope, meaning, and purpose. It helps us connect with the things in our lives that provide strength, comfort, and peace.

During difficult times, questions may arise about mortality, hope, purpose and meaning, that are hard for us to face and understand.

Our Spiritual Care Team can provide a listening ear or help you re-connect with your sources of peace and meaning through religion, meditation, or other spiritual support.

Spiritual care is available in the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln, Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham and those accessing Hospice at Home. There are Sanctuary spaces in our buildings, available to all, that offer a place of quiet and peacefulness.

We can also help facilitate visits from your personal or appropriate faith leader/spiritual support and provide resources for prayer, meditation, and faith practice.

At St Barnabas we want to make sure that your beliefs/spiritual paths are understood and built into your care at every level.

The Spiritual Care Team is made up of chaplains, spiritual care champions and volunteers.

Spiritual care can help you:

  • Wrestle with questions such as ‘why me?’
  • Remember achievements
  • Identify worries and anxieties
  • Name the things you are thankful for
  • Talk about the good and difficult things that have happened in your life
  • Find peace in prayer or meditation
  • Connect with faith practices that offer comfort and strength
  • Talk about your spirituality and why it’s important to you
  • Pray
  • Talk about the people who’ve been important to you
  • Identify what gives comfort
  • Offer a place of honesty to explore any difficult feelings

Speak to a member of staff to arrange a visit from our Spiritual Care team.

 

A simple meditation

Sit or lie as comfortably as possible and close your eyes

Spend a couple of minutes becoming aware of your breathing – notice the breath going in and out.

Recall a time when you experienced love – it could be the excited welcome of a beloved pet, the warmth of a hug from a friend or family member, the delighted smile of a baby, the kindness of a stranger – remember the feeling, its warmth, the sense of wellbeing, the delight.

Stay with those feelings for a few moments – imagine them sending light through your whole body.

Become aware of your breathing – notice the breath going in and out.

Gently open your eyes and bring yourself back into the present moment.

A blessing for the journey

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you

Wellbeing services we offer

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Family & Carers

Having someone close to you with a life limiting or terminal illness, or caring for someone who has, can be difficult. See what support we can offer you.
physical

Physical

We offer various physical services including physiotherapies, occupational therapies, exercise classes and more.
psychological

Psychological & Spiritual

Our team can help patients, their families, friends and carers by offering counselling, bereavement support, social groups and spiritual care.
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Financial

We aim to alleviate worries about financial wellbeing through the expert support and guidance of our welfare and benefits advisors.