Our History

The Modern Hospice Movement

The modern hospice movement began in England with the opening of St. Christopher’s Hospice in London in 1967.  It was founded by an English woman named Dame Cicely Saunders.  Through her work as a social worker, a nurse and then as a doctor she came to realize that we needed “to concern ourselves with the quality of life as well as its length.” She coined the term “total pain” which includes not only physical pain, but also the emotional, psychological and spiritual pain of illness and dying. She focused on the person as a whole and included their family and friends within that care.  Since that time the philosophy of fostering a quality of life rather than prolonging the dying process has spread worldwide.

 “The Dying need the care of the heart, they also need the best that medicine has to offer.  Neither, on its own, is enough.”   Dame Cicely Saunders—founder of the modern hospice movement.

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Image: Dame Cicely Saunders - Founder of Modern Hospice Movement

Dame Cicely Saunders
Founder of Modern Hospice