Latest Issue

Death in Sydenham

Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement, has dedicated her life to preparing people for death. Kate Kellaway has a chat with her about the best way to go

By Kate Kellaway   January 2003

Book: Selected letters, 1959-1999 Author: Cicely Saunders Price: (Oxford University Press, ?39.95)

When Dame Cicely Saunders talks about death it is as if she had died many times herself, without ill effect. Her tone is of a well-travelled person, comfortable with her subject, who can tell us what to pack, what to say and how to prepare for another country.

She is an old-fashioned missionary. Her founding of St Christopher’s hospice in 1967 was an act of faith in God-and in herself. She is now credited with launching the modern hospice movement. But she has never been a swaggering Christian.…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect