Counselling plays crucial role for hospice patients

As part of their series of features on Day Therapy services, this week Nottinghamshire Hospice are looking at emotional support.

Being diagnosed with an incurable condition is devastating for patients and often they do not know where to turn. Patients can become overwhelmed, depressed or in some cases suicidal. This is why the emotional support Nottinghamshire Hospice offers is so important.

One person who knows only too well how crucial it is to get this support is Maureen, referred to the hospice after she was told the breast cancer she’d been apparently successfully treated for had returned in her spine.

Maureen says: “I got to the point where I didn’t want to live any more. I was going to take my own life. Then my breast nurse referred me here for counselling which was wonderful. The lady I spoke to was so understanding. It really helped me.

“I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t come to her for counselling.”

Five years on, Maureen is going strong and despite her diagnosis, she finds plenty in life to enjoy. She comes regularly to take part in Day Therapy activities such as the reminiscence group and chair-based exercise, and to chat to patients, staff and volunteers.

One unexpected bonus was when Maureen recognised her old friend Lorna who she’d known 40 years ago when their children were at school together. The pair used to be great friends but had lost touch. Now Maureen and Lorna (pictured) regularly attend Day Therapy together.

“It’s been lovely to be reunited with my friend,” says Maureen.

Nottinghamshire Hospice offers emotional support through qualified counsellors and experienced support service volunteers. This can be provided one-to-one or in a group session at the hospice, in a patient’s own home or at a convenient neutral venue.

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