Here are your answers to the most frequently asked questions.

What is Sterntalerhof?

It is a children's hospice in the original sense of the word, namely a harbourage where hope can grow anew, families can find peace, tank up on strength, and return home with confidence – all the time accompanied with loving care by our most competent therapists.

Do children die at Sterntalerhof?

With the construction of the new Sternenhaus, we have created a building for end-of-life and bereavement care for children and their families.

Life support is about gaining joy of life day by day and living the moment despite a stroke of fate. Nevertheless, the topics of dying, death, and saying goodbye in dignity are also given space, if the family so desires.

What does a stay at Sterntalerhof cost?

€ 3,000 per week and family for room, board, and the full therapeutical-pedagogic accompaniment. Our creed states that a family will never be turned away because it cannot afford a stay at Sterntalerhof.


Each family pays as much as it can, and we will raise the rest with the help of our partners, sponsors, and donors.

Does socialized medicine/sick fund pay for a stay at Sterntalerhof?

In principle, no.

What is palliative medicine?

Palliative medicine seeks to improve, or to sustain long-range, the quality of life of seriously or terminally ill patients.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as "the active, holistic treatment of patients suffering from a progressive and rather advanced illness, and facing only a limited life expectancy at the time the illness no longer responds to curative treatment, thus affording the highest priority to limiting pain, to other physical complaints, and to psychological, social, and spiritual problems".

(World Health Organisation, 1990; quoted in STUDENT, 1999, p. 81).

What does "palliative" mean?

The concept (from Latin pallium for cloak) means protecting and relieving. As a cloak may protect us against wind and weather, so this concept today conveys the meaning of protection against inner cold, loneliness, anxiety, and physical pain. Palliative care transcends mere medical treatment of pain, even though it is primarily used together with the word medicine.

What is HTFP?

Curative education and therapeutic support with the horse is a resource-oriented support and process-oriented accompaniment of children, adolescents and adults with the help of a therapy horse. Tailored to the needs, resources and abilities of the clients, psychological, psychotherapeutic, rehabilitative and socio-integrative measures are implemented with the help of the horse.

( - Stand 25.5.2023)

Is special clothing required?

No. Casual leisure time wear is sufficient.