Chaplain says goodbye to Hospice for pastures new
CategoryNorth London Hospice|STAFF|VOLUNTEER
Reverend Cindy Kent, from St John the Apostle parish in Whetstone has been visiting North London Hospice every Tuesday for the past nine years. Her duties have included seeing the patients who have asked to see a Chaplain – and she is ‘on-call’ for out of hours duties Now the time has come to say goodbye as she has chosen to retire from her parish duties.
Cindy said: “I have really enjoyed my time as a chaplain at North London Hospice. It has been so rewarding being there for people at a time of need, being the ‘person of God’ for a patient and sometimes bringing a smile. An experience I will treasure forever will be the time when a couple were going to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on a Tuesday but it was clear that the husband wasn’t going to make it to that day so on the Saturday I led them in a renewal of their vows. I grabbed some flowers from a vase and gave them to a young girl to be a ‘bridesmaid’ – we then gathered visitors from another couple of wards to be witnesses to the ceremony. It was very moving and sadly, he didn’t make it past the Sunday. “
Laurence McGonnell, supportive care manager said:”Rev Cindy has made an important contribution to the Chaplaincy Team over the last nine years. She came here on placement as a trainee priest, under the tutelage of Father Kevin, our former C of E. Chaplain. We are immensely grateful for Cindy’s generous availability to patients, family members and staff over the years. She has given generously & uncomplainingly of her time even at weekends, night time and over Christmas & Easter. We wish her health and happiness in her well-earned retirement.
There will be an interegnum period at St. John’s until the Bishop is able to appoint a replacement for Rev Cindy. During that period, the Area Dean, Rev. Fr. Paul Walmsley McLeod will be available for C of E patients & families. We welcome Father Paul to the team & are grateful for his support. Fr Paul brings with him the experience of having served for some years as a Chaplain at St. Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham.