What does it mean to say goodbye? Is it about making a painless departure? Or encasing the memories for those left behind?
After Cicely is a documentary that explores the meaning of modern hospice and palliative care through the eyes of five inspiring women in Asia. This film is a visual journal of how they pave their final journeys with empathy, dedication and love.
British physician Cicely Saunders, (1918 – 2005) who founded the modern hospice movement and emphasized the need for palliative care, was one of the first individuals who helped lift the bleakness of death for the dying and terminally ill.
Her multidisciplinary experience as a nurse, social worker and physician in the late 1940s gave birth to the hospice movement. The movement spread to the United States and other countries, alongside the new field of palliative medicine.