Cicely Saunders

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders

Profession: Nurse and Social Worker


Biography: Best known for founding in 1967 the first modern hospice, St. Christopher's Hospice, to provide palliative care to those in need and promote the principle of dying with dignity.

Saunders was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1979 and was given the Order of Merit in 1989. She herself died in 2005 in the very first hospice she had established in south London.

Born: June 22, 1918
Birthplace: Barnet, Hertfordshire, England

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: July 14, 2005 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1967-07-24 First modern hospice St Christopher's founded by Dr. Cicely Saunders in London, England, beginning of modern palliative care and the hospice movement

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