The Pembury-based charity, Hospice in the Weald, is offering its patients Creative Therapy services during their time at the Hospice. Creative Therapy gives patients with life-limiting illnesses an opportunity to take control at a time in their lives where their sense of purpose may have been lost, by expressing their thoughts and feelings creatively. The care the Hospice gives is all about positivity and emphasising the quality of life for their patients.
Creative Therapy is where the Artist in Residence use their talents to help patients unknowingly discover their own, giving them a new lease of life.
The sessions also rely on set volunteers, which save the Hospice precious funding. Day Therapy patients can also take part in group creative sessions, providing the opportunity to socialise with each other, something which is very important during this stage in their lives.
All the artwork displayed around the Hospice is created by patients and exhibitions of their creative work are held, with some patient photographs being sold as cards in the reception shop at Hospice in the Weald. Patients can not only create paintings and clay objects and one-to-one projects but some also leave behind Memory Books. These are powerful reminders of an interesting story or something to teach loved ones and is a unique way to be remembered.
The current Artist in Residence, Nell Mellerick, finds giving a finished project over to its intended audience the most rewarding part of her job. “When the patient creates a project and can leave it behind for loved ones it gives them a sense of achievement. They’ve managed to create something for their loved ones in the precious time they have left. Creative Therapy, like all aspects of the care we provide at Hospice in the Weald, is tailored to the individual.”