The Costa Brava Hospice is the brainchild of Melissa Levey who was instrumental in setting up the Anglican church in the Costa Brava. Having seen the need for Hospice care in the community she became involved with a group of care givers in this field called Vinyana, whose mission is to attend to the spiritual aspects related to the dying process. Vinyana develop training and support activities to integrate spiritual accompaniment in the professional field of health, personal or family.
Vinyana provides basic education about Death and Dying as well as basic training for those who accompany others - professionals as well as family members. CBH provides specific Hospice care and spiritual companionship to those who are terminally ill as well as to their families, and the companionship extends into grief and mourning. Hospice provides consultation to the patient and family as to treatment in terminal stage of illness, establishing a network of professional contacts in the palliative care and intensive care units across the country, preparing the people who want to take on the task of being Spiritual Companions.
The Costa Brava Hospice works hand in hand with Vinyana and is non-denominational and inclusive of all nationalities.
This kind of support is offered in addition to hospital palliative care services. The aim is to provide loving, spiritual companionship to those in the final days of their lives and to facilitate a peaceful and dignified transition.
We are following the Vinyana model of counselling and care. This is a highly respected organisation that has been training both professional health workers as well as family members and lay volunteers in the field of death and dying. Their work covers all the aspects as well as training carers to care for themselves.
Melissa has gathered together a team of dedicated health professionals and lay people who all have committed their time and energy to providing Hospice care to the community along the Costa Brava. This is a new concept in Spain where only one other Hospice exists in Malaga.
The concept of hospice does not exist in Spain and the literal translation of the word does not exist. For this reason we have not translated hospice into Spanish or Catalan. In time we expect the concept will be understood and supported by our Spanish and Catalan friends.
The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice.
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness.
Both palliative care and hospice care require an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on relieving pain and managing physical and psychological symptoms, while improving quality of life. What differs is that palliative care should begin at the time of diagnosis, when possible, and can be offered at the same time as curative treatments. Hospice care is appropriate for those with a prognosis of six months or less and excludes concurrent curative treatment.
As you can imagine this project is an enormous undertaking and we would be truly grateful for any help you can give us either financially or by giving us some of your time.
Please don't hesitate to contact us.
Our 'Friends of the Hospice' programme is an ideal way to donate directly if you wish.