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On pain of death.

  • Saunders, Cicely M., Dame
  • Videos

About this work


How much say do people have over where and how they die in the UK today? Most people would prefer to die at home yet 66% of people die in NHS hospital wards. We hear stories from people who have watched their loved ones die, frequently in severe pain because there was no effective palliative care system available. We also hear about the differing levels of community care and hospices in different areas of the country. Laurie Taylor meets Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement, who is now dying in one of her first hospices - she talks of the battle to create a more positive way of death and her own impending death. The programme ends by calling for greater government awareness about death, particularly in poorer areas.


[Place of publication not identified] : Channel 4, 2005.

Physical description

1 video cassette (VHS) (60 min.) : sound, color, PAL.


Broadcast on 18 July 2005.

Creator/production credits

Narrated by Laurie Taylor.

Copyright note

Channel 4



  • English

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