Sterntaler Children's Hospice
A retreat for the whole family
Photos: Anjuschka Pilz, Düsseldorf
The Grimm's fairy tale, "The Star Money" gives inspiration:
Inspiration to face the adversities of life and still be there for others. The Sterntaler, a children's hospice in Dudenhofen near Speyer deliberately chose this name, because it wants to be an inspiration as well.
Most adults associate institutions such as hospices with a certain amount of anxiety. After all, a hospice reminds us of the finite nature of life. The care activities in a children's hospice however focus more on life and less on its impermanence, this begins, not with end-of-life care, but much earlier. For example, like the other children's hospices in Germany, the Sterntaler in-patient children's hospice in Dudenhofen (near Speyer) provides the entire family of a terminally ill child with the opportunity to recharge their batteries for up to four weeks a year.