South Essex and Little Havens Hospice Shops

Rev'd Brenda Gutberlet    South Essex and Little Havens Hospice Shops

“Another year passes so quickly in chaplaincy work. During my visits on behalf of Havens  Hospices to their three shops in the Thurrock area I have been struck by the goodwill and positive atmosphere in all three shops. Most of the staff are volunteers, many of whom have started in this role after their loved ones received hospice care  either at home or in one or other of the two hospices for children or adults). It is part of my role to listen and observe and to ask if there is anything they would like reported back to the trading management team. Listening is a much  underrated skill which is vital in all areas of chaplaincy work. Whilst visiting I often meet other bereaved families browsing in the shops for whom I have conducted their loved one’s funeral. In this way the shops are a meeting place in the community for the bereaved in addition to raising much needed funds for the hospice.                                                                              Chaplaincy work reminds me that in the Gospels Jesus spent the majority of his time in various communities meeting people wherever they were, so too do chaplains!”


Rev’d Brenda Gutberlet

Associate South Essex & Havens Hospices Shops

01268 680844