Open Meetings Programme
The story of Watch with Me – Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 5.30pm
Part of the Connect with CARE series
The little book Watch with Me was described by Dr Robert Twycross at Cicely’s memorial service, as her ‘autobiography’. Five short pieces written over as many decades take us through Cicely’s preoccupations with the care of the dying and the importance of belief in guiding her ideas and practice.
Professor David Clark will explain how the book came to be published in 2003 and then we will hear from some of those who have been responsible for translating Watch with Me into no less than seven languages (to include: Professors Carlos Centeno and Augusto Caraceni; Drs Isabel Neto, Irena Švab Kavčič, Franklin Santana Santos and Martina Holder; Rev Bente Bramming).
Cicely Saunders on Desert Island Discs – Tuesday 9 March 2021, at 5.30pm
Join us to discuss together Cicely’s famous BBC radio broadcast of January 1994 in which she selects eight pieces of music she would choose to have on a desert island, along with one book and one luxury. In conversation with presenter Sue Lawley, Cicely explains her varied choices and the stories behind them.
Facilitated by music therapist and hospice Chief Executive, Nigel Hartley, we will then share our thoughts on the music and what it reveals about Cicely’s life and work. Participants in the event will need to listen in advance to the original broadcast of about 30 minutes, which can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093qyn
The mystery of Ela Majer (‘David’) Tasma – Tuesday 11 May 2021, at 5.30pm
‘David’ Tasma is foundational to Cicely’s dedication to the care of the dying and to the story of St Christopher’s. First encountered by Cicely in 1948, when she was working as a hospital almoner, the Polish emigre ‘David’ was to die only months later in the London Hospital, feeling his life had been a failure.
In the intense weeks before his death they spoke deeply about faith, love and new possibilities for care at the end of life, leaving Cicely with an intense feeling of loss, but also some memorable phrases that she frequently used thereafter as well as an abiding interest in Poland. Professor David Clark pieces together the story of how ‘David’ came to be in London and what we know about his life.