Making a difference for terminally ill adults and children.

Emanuel Hospice was founded in 1996 by a team of dedicated Romanian Christians, in response to the desperate plight of adult cancer patients sent home to die with little or no professional care or support. Subsequently they expanded services to include children with life threatening or limiting conditions.

Emanuel Hospice was the second specialist palliative care service established in Romania and since they began the team have cared for over 1300 adults and nearly 200 children in Oradea, Romania. The aim of the hospice is to enable the dying person to live as full a life as possible and to die in comfort and dignity. The hospice team currently provide specialist palliative care in the patients own home, the dream now is to further expand the services to include a daycare centre and a modest in-patient unit.

Oradea is a city in the district of Bihor in northwest Romania, very close to the Hungarian border. The district of Bihor has a population of approximately 600,000 (120,000 children) of which a third live in the city of Oradea (204,000). Bihor County has the highest registered incidence of cancer in the whole of Romania and also the highest incidence of Breast Cancer specifically.

Services Provided

The Hospice team provide:

  • Pain and symptom control
  • Nursing Care
  • Provision of medical supplies and equipment
  • Psychological support for the patient and their families
  • Social services
  • Practical help with documentation
  • Spiritual support
  • Information regarding diagnosis and treatment
  • Transport between hospital and home (when possible)
  • Maintain a link between the families and medical specialists
  • Bereavement support to the family following the death of their loved one.

After the initial assessment visit patients are followed up and evaluated periodically by appropriate members of the hospice team.

“I had lost my last grain of hope and come to the end of my ability to cope. As well as the medical help, the hospice personnel brought a ray of hope, not only to me but to my dying brother. In a way, I can say they alleviated the suffering of the whole family. They inspired peace and calm. It’s hard to find appropriate words to express our immeasurable thanks for your actions and devotion.” (a grateful family)


That is what Emanuel means and the team chose the name because they are aware of their need for God’s presence in their work and also want to convey to patients that God is with them in their suffering.

‘When I think of his moments of joy, I relate them to the dear people whom we met at Emanuel Hospice’ (a bereaved mum)

 Find Out More

To find out more about the work of the hospice; watch this short video and read about  the building of a new inpatient unite on this site or follow this link to the Emanuel Hospice website.