Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care blog
Our regular blog will see posts from various members of our spiritual care team or a guest writer. This month, Catherine Martin, Children’s Nurse Care Coordinator at Forget-me-Not Children's Hospice, has written about their Eid celebrations.
A recent audit noted approximately two thirds of the Forget Me Not Children and young People’s active caseload are Muslim. In response to this, the Spiritual care group (made up of children’s nurses, care team members and therapists) decided to hoist an Eid Celebration.
We linked in with women from the local Islamic community who provided contacts, advice and support during the planning process. They also signed up as hospice volunteers and helped at the event.
The celebration took place at Russell House (the hospice building) on Saturday 1st July. The invitation was sent to all families on the caseload and the event was well attended.
The celebration included:
- Entertainment; Dhol drummers, a Bhangra Dance workshop and Nasheeds sung by local children from the Hanfia Educational institute.
- Food; Curries rice, Indian sides, and various sweet treats!
- Activities ; nail painting, temporary Mehndi tattoos, hair plaiting
- Arts and crafts; decorating hands, painting candles and icing biscuits
- Reflective area; Eid al- Fitr story board, Islamic children’s books, artefacts including a prayer mat and beads, activities including “Build your own mosque” using wooden blocks and LEGO.
- All children (performers and guests) received a token Eid gift of Halal sweets in a cone.
The event received excellent feedback from families who attended and staff increased their knowledge base through planning and helping at the event. Lots of laughter and happy memories were created and the Forget Me Not community (staff and families) enjoyed the opportunity to engage with one another and celebrate together.
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15.03.17 Two extracts from 'Spiritual Care with Sick Children and Young People' describing spiritual care with a disabled child.
09.02.17 Jodie Cotterrell, a student with Midlands Children and Youth Ministry on placement at Birmingham Children's Hospital, reflects on her time so far as a student.
05.01.17 Read about the staff support module run by the BCH Chaplaincy team, and hear some of the feedback from one of the participants.
08.12.16 Kathy Green, Chaplaincy team leader at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, describes how support was developed for non-clinical staff on an HDU.
03.11.16 Emma Roberts writes about how key biomedical ethical principles can be used as a framework to think about the way that spiritual care is provided.
11.10.16 Linda Wollschlaeger-Fischer writes about spirituality and grief in children and young people.
07.09.16 Emma Roberts and Sally Nash relfect on the CPSC's first year.
13.08.16 Dr Emily Harrop, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen and Douglas House, introduces Ana Todorovic, who has written about her experiences of bereavement.
19.07.16 Lorraine Beddard, a Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Liaison Nurse, writes about supporting a young adult recovering from cancer.
27.06.16 Sally Nash, Researcher at the CPSC, writes about a conference where she and Paul Nash presented a paper.
15.06.16 Emma Roberts, Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care, writes about the research background of our sibling support project.
01.06.16 Liz Bryson, a Chaplaincy volunteer, and her family are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her daughter Katie. She explains why they have chosen to make this journey.
18.05.16 Christine Williams gives a grandmother's perspective on having a sick child in the family, and gives her insights for those caring for the family.
20.04.16 The opening of a new Peaceful Space at the hospital
06.04.16 Sophie Slater-Evans, a student with Midlands CYM, visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of her course. She reflects on Chaplaincy with sick children
27.03.16 Sally Nash, Director of Research at the CPSC, writes about attending a rare diseases day at Birmingham Children's Hospital
09.03.16 Ambreen Pervez, a Muslim chaplain at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, reflects on spiritual care from an Islamic perspective, and talks about developing activities for Muslim patients.
03.02.16 Parkash Sohal, Sikh Chaplain, and Diane Maybey, Therapeutic Consultant, tell us about their experiences of volunteering with a healthcare charity in India.
14.01.16 Nick Ball, Christian Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, gives an example of spiritual care with a sick child.
23.12.15 Rachel Hill-Brown, Christian Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, reflects on Christmas in the hospital.
10.12.15 Emma Roberts, Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about human rights and spiritual care.
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18.11.15 Alison Bennet, a Physiotherapist at Acorns Children's Hospital, talks about a Spiritual Care Week that was held at the hospice.
5.11.15 Jayne Tomlinson, a Nurse Specialist at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about attending a staff self-care retreat day.
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14.10.15 Adam Truman, Staff Nurse at Birmingham Children's Hospital, shares his expereince with a patient.
24.09.15 Sally Nash, Director of Research at the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care, writes about a message in a bottle spiritual care activity.
17.09.15 Jim Meighan, Healthcare Chaplain at Yorkhill Children's Hospital tells us about Yorkhill's 'Royal Hospital for Sick Teddies'.
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