My first clinical experience in offering complementary therapies within Cancer Care was as an Aromatherapist for Sue Ryder, in their Charles Clore Day Hospice.
The Charles Clore Day Hospice is a day therapy unit based at the West Berkshire Community Hospital which specialises in caring for and supporting patients with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. These include cancer and complex neurological disorders. They offer support and advice to patients who have:
*a serious and progressive illness and are having problems coping either physically or emotionally,
*complex family problems as a result of illness,
*are recovering from treatments.
I was offering aromatherapy hand massage for the day care groups and ran an outpatient clinic. On occasion I was able to offer therapy to clients that were having an inpatient stay. I especially enjoyed working on the wards as I felt the therapeutic touch and smell from the essential oils gave such comfort and relief. I could see people visibly relaxing and perhaps even drop off to sleep for a short while.
My position was funded by The Newbury District Cancer Care Trust a fabulous charity offering a range of support for people and their families with life limiting illnesses.
I found the work incredibly rewarding and loved being part of caring team looking after some very inspiring people. I really enjoyed offering aromatherapy massage for the family and carers of clients and felt honoured to be allowed a small snap shot into their lives. The memories live on of those I met and for those no longer with us, may they rest in peace.