Mention “hospice” and hundreds of thousands of people know immediately you’re talking of care for the terminally ill. In London in the 1960s, Cicely Saunders, a medical doctor and social worker with a compassion for the dying, introduced a radical new way to treat the terminally ill. Motivated by her reading of Psalm 37, she called it, “hospice care," based on three key principles, the first two being the control of pain, and an environment of family or community. Over the years her own Christian faith confirmed her third principle: the intersection of faith and dying. Dr. Saunders opened St. Christopher’s hospice in London in 1967, dedicated to patient treatment, teaching and research—open to all people. The first U.S. hospice opened in 1971. Cicely Saunders died in 2005 in the hospice she founded! Engage with the Bible at the intersection of its impact and influence!
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