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Thursday, 30 July 2015


The hospice movement arrived in the United States in 1975 after a lecture on the subject by its founder, Cicely Saunders (1918 – 2005) at Yale University in Connecticut. It began in England with the founding of St. Christopher's Hospice at Sydenham, near London, by Cicely Saunders eight years previously.

Through her hospice movement, Miss Saunders introduced new approaches in treating the terminally ill, underpinned by her Christian belief (she was an Anglican) that no human life, no matter how woeful and forlorn, should be without dignity and love. She saw dying as a spiritual event and provided care that met the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of not only the patient but also their families.

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