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Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

"As long as I am alive, I will donate a Christmas tree every year to Rowans"

PHOTO ABOVE: Gordon and Phyllis White donating a Christmas tree to Rowans Hospice in 2017 Gordon White’s father was admitted to Rowans Hospice in 2016. Read the story…

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Friday, 7th December, 2018

25 years volunteering at "The Magic Shop"

What motivates someone to volunteer in the same shop for 25 years? Sally Isted, who has volunteered at the Rowans shop in Fratton for a quarter of a…

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Friday, 16th November, 2018

The importance of supporting children through bereavement - Skye's story

Skye is one of Rowans Meerkat Gang, she is one of nearly 1,000 children supported by the Rowans Meerkat service since it started.  Here Skye bravely tells us…

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Saturday, 13th October, 2018

#Because I Matter – What Hospice and Palliative Care Really Means.

To Celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and Hospice Week, Rowans Hospice share what Hospice and Palliative Care Means #becauseImatter; #hospicecare #RowansHospice #Silverjubileeappeal

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Thursday, 10th May, 2018

Why is future planning so important?

What are the issues to be considered when looking to the future, and how can attending our Future Planning Group greatly help the process?

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Friday, 22nd December, 2017

We Don't Close at Christmas... 5 things you might not know about the Hospice during the holidays

We don’t close for Christmas. Read what staff have to say about why Christmas Day can be so special at the Hospice.

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Saturday, 11th November, 2017

My Mum, My Angel in Heaven ...by Gemma

“My mum, a phenomenal woman, was now my angel in Heaven”… a heartfelt story by Gemma, who was just 14 when her Mum died in 2016.

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Friday, 10th November, 2017

How do we know we're doing the right thing?

Can we assume we do the best for every patient? How is research playing a key role in driving evidence-based care and enhancing hospice care for the future?

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Friday, 15th September, 2017

Am I Grieving Right?

Is my grief normal? Am I being weak? Is this taking me too long?… Dr Paul Beadon, Lead Clinical Psychologist at Rowans Hospice, looks at how grief affects…

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Monday, 14th August, 2017

Find life's flavour: How to enjoy eating again to live well

One thing you may not realise about a life-limiting illness is how much it can affect your relationship with food and eating. Why is it so important to…

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“As long as I am alive, I will donate a Christmas tree every year to Rowans”

By Dan McCready | 11th December 2018 | Comments Off on “As long as I am alive, I will donate a Christmas tree every year to Rowans”
PHOTO ABOVE: Gordon and Phyllis White donating a Christmas tree to Rowans Hospice in 2017 Gordon White’s father was admitted to Rowans Hospice in 2016…. View Article

25 years volunteering at “The Magic Shop”

By Dan McCready | 7th December 2018 | Comments Off on 25 years volunteering at “The Magic Shop”
What motivates someone to volunteer in the same shop for 25 years? Sally Isted, who has volunteered at the Rowans shop in Fratton for a… View Article

The importance of supporting children through bereavement – Skye’s story

By Dan McCready | 16th November 2018 | Comments Off on The importance of supporting children through bereavement – Skye’s story
Skye is one of Rowans Meerkat Gang, she is one of nearly 1,000 children supported by the Rowans Meerkat service since it started.  Here Skye… View Article

#Because I Matter – What Hospice and Palliative Care Really Means.

By Nicola Ellis | 13th October 2018 | Comments Off on #Because I Matter – What Hospice and Palliative Care Really Means.
Today marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a day to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. This year theme #Because… View Article

Why is future planning so important?

By Laura Drake | 10th May 2018 | Comments Off on Why is future planning so important?
Lesley Ann Morgan, Rowans Living Well Centre Deputy Manager, discusses some of the issues to be considered when looking to the future, and how attending… View Article

We Don’t Close at Christmas… 5 things you might not know about the Hospice during the holidays

By Laura Drake | 22nd December 2017 | Comments Off on We Don’t Close at Christmas… 5 things you might not know about the Hospice during the holidays
For those who’ll be spending Christmas at Rowans Hospice this year, our wonderful staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make sure it’s a very special… View Article

My Mum, My Angel in Heaven …by Gemma

By Laura Drake | 11th November 2017 | Comments Off on My Mum, My Angel in Heaven …by Gemma
This blog has been posted during #ChildrensGriefAwareness Week 2017 to remind children going through a loss that #YoureNotAlone Hi! I’m Gem, I’m 15 years old. Ali… View Article

How do we know we’re doing the right thing?

By Laura Drake | 10th November 2017 | Comments Off on How do we know we’re doing the right thing?
Can we assume that we already do the absolute best for every patient at Rowans Hospice? We certainly get lots of messages from family, friends… View Article

Am I Grieving Right?

By Laura Drake | 15th September 2017 | Comments Off on Am I Grieving Right?
When someone close to you dies, the grief that follows is often a profoundly painful, lonely, confusing and unpredictable experience. Friends and family may struggle… View Article

Find life’s flavour: How to enjoy eating again to live well

By Laura Drake | 14th August 2017 | Comments Off on Find life’s flavour: How to enjoy eating again to live well
One thing you may not realise about a life-limiting illness is how much it can affect your relationship with food and eating. Why is it… View Article