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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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Templeton Prize Speech

Templeton Prize Speech

Presented at Guildhall Ceremony in May 1981 in the presence of HRH, Princess Alexandra, Patron of St Christopher's Hospice. (Unpublished)

(p.157) 24 Templeton Prize Speech
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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In 1981, Cicely Saunders received the prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of religion. Never before published, her speech from the award ceremony in the Guildhall in May 1981 is reproduced here. She describes her struggles to come up with a theme for the talk and how these were aided by conversations with a patient in the hospice. This is a reflective and biographical piece, tracing the influences on her faith and works and outlining the evolution of St Christopher's, which had by this time been in operation for fourteen years. It concludes with the memorable sentence: ‘Death remains a mystery, but we have shown that while it divides it can also unite’.

Keywords:   religion, Templeton Prize, Cicely Saunders, hospices, reflection

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