Blog posts • May 22, 2020 08:00 BST
The current Coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and has placed huge amounts of stress on society and families. Lockdown has presented challenges related to managing work, home schooling and constraints on income or normal routines have resulted in tensions and arguments.
News • May 15, 2020 08:00 BST
So, as I write this, we are in Week 7 of the UK lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, and for many people, we have settled into something which feels like ‘the new normal’. Whilst none of this has been a bed of roses, some people have managed to find comfort in the fact that the pace of life has slowed down and that we can take a second to watch the world go by.
News • May 13, 2020 11:15 BST
While nurses and doctors are at the heart of hospice care, there are many other individuals who play an equally important role in providing holistic support. Chaplains are a key part of the palliative care team, offering comfort and spiritual strength to people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses.
Blog posts • May 13, 2020 08:00 BST
Preparing a child for the death of a loved one, supporting a child after a loved one has died, or helping a child to prepare for their own death is an important and vital part of the work within children’s hospice services. Many adults find this task extremely difficult and very painful, often bringing to the surface their own experiences of loss.
Dying Matters Week – Play Therapy is essential in helping bereaved children process their grief and loss.
News • May 11, 2020 11:50 BST
For children especially, grief can be a massive, bewildering issue. Fail to help them deal with it, and the implications for those children and young people.
Blog posts • May 11, 2020 08:00 BST
Planning for my care when I am ill has been on my “to do” list for quite some time. You would think in my job I would be reminded of it every day and hasten my efforts to complete writing down my wishes.
Blog posts • May 01, 2020 08:00 BST
We are all spending more time at home at the moment than we might like and this looks set to continue for some time to come. This week is National Gardening Week, so what could be more appropriate than appreciating your garden for its wellbeing benefits.
News • Mar 02, 2020 14:30 GMT
We are pleased to announce that Vikki Harding has been appointed to permanent Chief Executive with immediate effect.
We’re expanding our bespoke Living Well programme to help people make the most of the time they have left.
News • Feb 19, 2020 12:31 GMT
“The patient-centred approach is essential in improving lives. We are adapting our services to help our patients make the most of the time they have left. Our patients want and need to be involved in their own care that gives them as much control as possible.” - Dr Russ Hargreaves
News • Feb 05, 2020 09:15 GMT
“Demand for our services is ever increasing. As a result, we have reached a point where our facilities are restricting us from providing outstanding care, we need to extend and redevelop our hospice building.” - Vikki Harding, CEO
News • Nov 19, 2019 09:27 GMT
Children’s hospice workers were given the Queen of Arendelle treatment on Sunday as a special thank you for their incredible work with seriously ill children and their families in hospices across the UK.
News • Nov 13, 2019 08:00 GMT
“Christmas can be a wonderful time for many, but we are reminded every year of how difficult it can be for some. It is a real milestone for friends and families after a loss and we recognise the importance of stopping for a moment and celebrating the lives of our loved ones”.
Blog posts • Oct 11, 2019 08:00 BST
It is hard to enter ellenor hospice in Gravesend without noticing the lovely garden, visible through the building and from many of the patient rooms and offices. What may be less obvious is the contribution the garden makes to the patients, families, visitors, staff and volunteers who make ellenor the place that it is.
News • Oct 10, 2019 08:00 BST
Children receiving care at ellenor hospice in Gravesend have received a donation of life-changing technology worth thousands of pounds from children’s charity Lifelites.
Blog posts • Oct 09, 2019 14:10 BST
Andrew Lowden talks about what it is like to be a physio in a hospice.
News • Oct 07, 2019 08:00 BST
When children are unable to articulate what death means to them, music therapy can help them process the feelings of grief and pain that the loss of a parent inevitably brings.