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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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And From Sudden Death…

And From Sudden Death…

First published in Frontier (Winter 1961).

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(p.37) 5 And From Sudden Death…
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Cicely Saunders
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Cicely Saunders

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.003.0005

1961 was a difficult period in Cicely Saunders' personal life following the deaths of Antoni Michniewicz and her own father. This short paper offers some wider thoughts on the meaning of death in contemporary society and contains the memorable phrase: ‘A society which shuns the dying must have an incomplete philosophy’. It shares that the dying need the community, with its help and fellowship, and the care and attention which will quieten their distress and enable them to go peacefully. The community needs the dying to make it think of eternal issues and to make it listen and give to others.

Keywords:   community, fellowship, attention, meaning of death, eternal issues, Antoni Michniewicz

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