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'After Cicely'

What does it mean to say goodbye?

Is it about making a painless departure?

Or encasing the memories for those left behind?

‘After Cicely’ at is a short film exploring the inspiring work of 5 women working in palliative care in Asia and their continued contribution to the modern hospice movement founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, whilst taking a look at the palliative care services available in the regions that they work in.

It features:

Mrs Salma Choudhury, Founder of ASHIC Foundation in Bangladesh

Dr Odontuya Davaasuren, President of Mongolian Palliative Care Society and Professor & Dean, General Practice and Preventive Medicine Department of Health Sciences at the University of Mongolia

Dr Thuy Bui Thi Bich, Head of Infectious Diseases Department, Haiphong Medical University, Vietnam

Professor Chantal Chao Co-Shi, School of Nursing, College of Medicine at the National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan, Director and Co-founder of the Catholic Kang-Tai Hospice in Taipei, Taiwan

Sister Geraldine Tan, Administrator, St Joseph’s Home & Hospice, Singapore

The work of these women follows the mission outlined by Cicely Saunders who promised ‘We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die’. The film can be viewed in full for free at The site also features photo galleries highlighting the challenges faced by palliative care professionals and patients in the women’s respective countries, and a study aid with points to discuss and ponder.

‘After Cicely’ was commissioned by The Lien Foundation as part of the ‘Life Before Death’ initiative and in line with International Women’s Day 8th March 2013.