At the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle spiritual care is overseen by Katy Francis, our full-time chaplain, who is part of the hospice's multi-disciplinary team.
Spiritual care is about what gives our lives meaning and what is important to us. Our chaplain is happy to explore this with you and offer her support. This might be through looking at strengths and weaknesses, or hopes and fears. It sometimes involves religious belief but that is not always the case.
Katy is here to listen to you and is happy to talk to you about what you think is important. Equally, our chaplain will respect your wishes should you prefer not to discuss such matters.
Meet our Chaplain, Katy Francis
"I’m here for people of faith, people of no faith and anywhere in between! I try and meet everyone during their stay with us. I'm often to be found on the in-patient unit or in day therapy. Alternatively, you can ask a nurse and she/he will arrange for us to meet. I’m an Anglican priest but I’m not here to impose any beliefs upon you but to journey alongside you respectfully.
If there is anything you need during your stay for example sacred or spiritual texts or a visit from your faith leader I can try and organise that for you. We have a wonderful Reflection Room which provides a quiet space with a calming water feature for you to use. I think one of the joys of my role is that I hear many stories from people’s lives. Everyone is unique and it is truly a privilege to get to know people and hear what is important to them at what can be a very difficult time.”