At Hospice Mid Canterbury we take a whole person approach.  Think of your wellbeing like a house; it has a strong foundation with four equal sides or cornerstones.  Should one of the four sides be missing or damaged in some way, the house will become ‘unbalanced’.  At Hospice we help to ensure that all cornerstones are balanced, providing a range of services to individuals and families. 

We provide several services to support people dealing with a life limiting illness.  Support is also available to families and carers and all our services are free.



Massage helps to relieve the stress, tension and anxiety associated with dealing with life-limiting illness. Relaxing neck and shoulder massage is also available to carers to help release tension.


Relaxation therapy incorporates a variety of techniques including Bowen therapy and Emmett techniques for body balance and muscle release. Relaxation therapy can help overcome anxiety, stress, panic attacks and sleeplessness.


A natural therapy, where pressure to the feet, hands or ears encourages relaxation and may relieve tension, stress and pain.


Experienced counsellors are available to provide pastoral care, counselling and bereavement support to clients and their families throughout the end of life journey.


A gentle holistic natural therapy. Energised hands soothe and balance the body, promoting relaxation and quality of life. service also available to carers.


Exercise Therapy has several benefits from increasing wellness, mood and energy levels to relieving pain and building strength.  With strengthening, stretching and mobility-enhancing exercise routines, our classes support all fitness levels and individual needs.


We have a wonderful variety of social and wellbeing activities that are held at our Hospice base.  These include:

  • Armchair Travel
  • Exercise therapy sessions
  • Art and Craft activities
  • Pamper nail sessions
  • Chair yoga
  • Craft & Cuppa
  • Walking groups
  • Housie

And so much more.

Biography Services.
Our biography service provides people with an opportunity to reflect on their life and create a record of their memories and stories for themselves and their families.  Other written documents such as letters can also be prepared by biography writers.