A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of
the Modern Hospice Movement

Sunday, 21 May 2017 at 3.30pm –  Chichester Cathedral

Together with the twelve hospice care providers of Sussex, and by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral, Friends of Sussex Hospices are inviting supporters to a special service to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the modern hospice movement by Dame Cicely Saunders, on Sunday, 21st May 2017 at 3.30pm at Chichester Cathedral.

Dame Cicely Saunders began her work with the terminally ill in 1948.   She was a registered nurse, a certified social worker and qualified as a doctor in 1957.   She opened the world’s first purpose-built hospice – St. Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, South London in 1967.  Dame Cicely understood that a dying person is more than a patient with symptoms to be controlled.  She was convinced of the paramount importance of combining excellent medical and nursing care with “holistic” support that recognized practical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.  Dame Cicely saw the dying person and the family as a unit of care and developed bereavement services to extend support beyond the death of the patient.  Her vision and work has transformed the care of the dying and the practice of palliative care in the UK and throughout the world.

All twelve Sussex hospice care providers will be represented at this service and it will be an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the care and compassion they give to so many patients and families across the county. The Rt. Revd. Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester will preach and there will be ecumenical participation.

If you would like to attend this service please download and complete this form to enable us to allocate seating.

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All tickets are complimentary and will be sent in advance

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“How people die remains in the memory

of those who live on” 

Dame Cicely Saunders (1918 – 2005)