1.1.1 The aim of hospice care is to improve the lives of people who have an incurable illness.
1.1.2 Hospice care provides for medical, emotional, social, practical, psychological, and spiritual needs, as
well as the needs of the person’s family and carers. Looking after all these aspects is often referred
to as holistic care.
1.2 What does hospice care cover?
1.2.1 spiritual and psychological help
1.2.2 complementary therapies, such as massage
1.2.4 respite care
1.2.5 information about financial and other practical issues
1.2.6 bereavement care
1.2.7 spiritual and psychological help
2 Cicely Saunders
2.1 Dame Cicely founded St Christopher's Hospice in 1967 as the first hospice linking expert pain and
symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and clinical research. St Christopher's has been a
pioneer in the field of palliative medicine, which is now established worldwide.
2.2 Her vision to establish her own home for the dying was underpinned by her religious faith. She had
initially thought of creating an Anglican religious community but broadened her vision so that St
Christopher's became a place that welcomed staff and patients of any faith or none. However,
Cicely's strong Christian faith was a fundamental factor in her commitment to the dying and
remained an anchor throughout her life.
3 Christian attitudes towards
3.1 Christians are for hospices because they help ill people.
3.1.1 'Jesus wanted to help the sick'
18.104.22.168 This means that Jesus wanted to
help the ill, and so should all
3.1.2 Love you neighbour as you love youself
22.214.171.124 This means that everyone should be treated equally
and should be loved with agape love (unconditionally)
3.1.3 Man was made in the
image of god
126.96.36.199 This means that God wanted everyone to have the same amount of compassion as
himself, by helping the ill, you are helping god.