Royal Trinity Hospice marked the opening of a new spiritual space last week in recognition of the growing diversity of the local communities it serves. The new space, called the Garden Room, provides a dedicated facility for people of all faiths and of none to spend time in reflection, peace, meditation or prayer.

Located overlooking Trinity’s award-winning gardens, the room is available any time, day or night, for use by patients, families, staff, volunteers and visitors. Religious resources such the Bible, Koran, prayer mats and candles are available in the room and there are washing facilities located nearby.

The opening of the new room was marked by a ceremony of dedication on Monday 22nd February 2016 involving staff, volunteers, patients, families and supporters. The event was attended by representatives from local faith communities, who often visit the hospice to provide support to patients and families upon request, who each led a prayer.

Representatives included: Fathers Richard, Peter and Michael from St Mary’s Catholic Church, Clapham; Reverend Caroline Clarke from Holy Trinity Church, Clapham; Dennis Pearce, from the Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, Bermondsey; Ghitta Mahesh Waran from Shree Ghanapathy Temple, Wimbledon and Hanifa Khattani and her son Umar, from Streatham Mosque.

Michael Savage, Spiritual Care Lead at Trinity, said, “We are delighted with how the room has turned out and we look forward to it evolving as more people use it over the coming months and years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local faith communities for their ongoing support and to invite anyone who is interested learning more about spiritual care at Trinity to come for a visit – we would be delighted to show you around.”

Spiritual Care is one of the many ways Trinity provides holistic comfort and support to patients and families at Trinity. There is a dedicated in-house Spiritual Care Team comprised of the Spiritual Care Lead supported by a team of volunteers. The Spiritual Care Lead also works closely with local faith leaders in the community and can contact them on behalf of patients and families if requested.

To find out more about Spiritual Care at Trinity, please email [email protected]