Spiritual care

Spiritual care can help with the questions faced by many patients and their families/whānau.


It is available to all people regardless of their beliefs. Sometimes, a patient might like a counsellor to pray with them, to support them through a time of distress, or simply sit with them. At other times, the involvement of spiritual care may be more formal, such as giving communion or a blessing.

Spiritual care has always been integral to Mary Potter Hospice. It acknowledges and nurtures the uniqueness of each person and recognises that, by being human, everyone has a spiritual dimension. Religion is one aspect of spirituality – other forms might include a love of nature, music, or family – anything that helps people make sense of their lives. The Hospice does not impose any agenda, religion or belief system on patients.

Our spiritual carers can accompany people on their journey, if they wish. Many people choose to seek support from their own clergy and parish, and others don’t want any input at all. We entirely respect these choices.

Working within this framework, our spiritual carers offer what might be called a kaleidoscope of care. On any given day, a member of the team may be involved in a variety of supportive tasks: praying with a patient and counselling them through a period of distress, sitting with them as a silent companion on their journey, or simply visiting and chatting.

Other rituals include giving communion to a patient, blessing a room after death, taking memorial services, and conducting baptisms or even weddings. Our spiritual carers are also closely associated with the Remembrance Services held every two months.  For details on our next Rememberance Service  please contact Chris Hartley (04) 381 0142.

Our spiritual carers bring a spiritual dimension to the palliative care courses run by the Hospice.

Spiritual care at Mary Potter Hospice is primarily concerned with ‘being there’ in the broadest possible sense for patients, families, friends and staff. It is about sharing the moment, whatever that moment dictates. The Hospice is a special place for these moments of reflection and review.