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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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the Last Stages of Life

the Last Stages of Life

First published in American Journal of Nursing, vol. 65, no. 3 (1965), pp. 70–5.

(p.79) 14 the Last Stages of Life
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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In 1965, a paper by Cicely Saunders in the American Journal of Nursing attracted considerable interest and correspondence with the author and gave further impetus to her growing reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, she argued that the last stages of life should not be seen as defeat, but rather as life's fulfillment. Describing the work at St Joseph's as ‘the endless fascination of watching each individual come to terms with his own illness in his own way and come along his own path to life's ending’, the paper sets out the broad principles of the approach. There are numerous short case illustrations and the paper focuses particularly on the nursing aspects of care, especially the taxing responsibility of telling or not telling, concluding with a description of three patients who had died recently at St Joseph's Hospice.

Keywords:   nursing, defeat, fulfillment, telling, American Journal of Nursing

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