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Family Support Services

The Family Support Team are a group of St Michael’s staff and volunteers here to support family members through the terminal illness of a loved one, including bereavement support. 

The type of support offered is based on individual circumstances and will vary from person-to-person to ensure their needs are met completely.

St. Michael’s Hospice is proud to offer:

Bereavement Support, Group Support

Our Bereavement Support evenings provide an opportunity to meet with others experiencing loss, in a caring and supportive atmosphere. It can be comforting to know that you are not alone in your feelings and, being able to meet others who are facing a similar situation, can be a positive step in coping with loss.

If you require any help concerning bereavement and/or wish to talk to someone, please call the Hospice on 01256 844744 and ask for Family Support Services.

Complementary Therapy

At St. Michael’s Hospice, our team of qualified therapists offer a range of therapies which can be safely used alongside conventional medical and nursing treatments.  They may help with relaxation, to reduce anxiety and to give a sense of physical and emotional well-being.

All treatments are gentle and tailored to individual needs and may be offered to In-Patients, Out-Patients, as well as to carers and the bereaved.  We also run a clinic at Odiham Cottage Hospital for patients and families living in Hook, Hartley Wintney, Old Basing and Odiham.

Therapies we offer may include:

Massage involves a variety of gentle, rhythmical techniques to help the body relax and to ease muscle aches and tension. Even a simple hand or foot massage can be very soothing.

Aromatherapy involves the use of natural essential oils extracted from plants.  The oils smell wonderful and may have  positive effects on emotional health and well-being.  We also have aroma inhalers for nausea, anxiety, insomnia or breathlessness.

Reflexology involves a specific type of massage to the feet (or hands).  It is believed that different points on the feet correspond to parts of the body and, by applying gentle pressure on these points, it may help release any stress and tension as well as helping with other symptoms.

Reiki means ‘Universal Life Energy’ in Japanese.  During a treatment, the therapist channels this energy by placing their hands gently on the body, aiming to bring about a feeling of deep relaxation and peace of mind. People remain fully clothed throughout.

Bach Flower Remedies are very diluted plant essences which work on an emotional level and are aimed at helping people to cope in times of stress. They are taken in the form of liquid.

Deep Relaxation involves a therapist guiding you into a state of deep relaxation where your mind may be opened to helpful suggestions. You remain fully in control and aware of your surroundings throughout.

Acupuncture (for patients only) involves inserting very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body which may boost the body’s natural painkillers and help with other problems. 

Dru Yoga (for patients only) involves gentle exercises combined with relaxation and visualisation. You remain seated throughout. N.B. Sessions must be booked.

For more information, please contact Nicola Middleton, Complementary Therapy Services Coordinator, on 01256 848 872 or email nicola.middleton@stmichaelshospice.org.uk

Chaplaincy Service

Please click here for more details on our Chaplaincy service.