Hospice: The Hidden Jewel
“I took care of the dying before there was a Cicely Saunders and
before there were hospices, and people died badly.”
—Dr. Eric Cassell of the New York Hospital talking about
Dame Cicely Saunders from England, the founder of the
modern hospice movement1
I’VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THE AXIOM that the cure to bad speech is more speech, not censorship. The public discussion of Terri Schiavo’s case is a perfect case study. Many smart, caring people were disturbed at the extreme claims and theories raised as the debate grew more heated in the last months of Terri Schiavo’s life. My sense, then and now, is that all of the discussion—even the factually inaccurate parts—was beneficial to society as a whole.