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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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Dimensions of Death

Dimensions of Death

First published in Religion and Medicine (1975), ed. M. A. H. Melinsky, pp. 113–16. London: S.C.M. Press Ltd.

(p.129) 20 Dimensions of Death
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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In 1975, Cicely Saunders published a chapter based on a talk commissioned by the Religious Department of the BBC's European Services and which was broadcast in Germany on ‘The Day of the Dead’. It draws on both professional and personal experiences of loss and observes in the introduction: ‘From the moment when a little hoard of flints was placed in the grave of early man, the human race has laid down its dead in grief. And it has done so with the hope that somehow this was not the end, and that somewhere those flints would be needed’. Dying may be hard, but it is a process which can be marked by great achievement in which body and mind, though linked, are secondary to the spirit.

Keywords:   dying, Day of the Dead, BBC, grief, loss

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