Light for Cicely




Dame Cicely’s legacy is brought to life in a project created by artist Caroline McCarthy for the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care.  The project consists of a website and a site-specific installation for the building.

Friends, family, colleagues, associates and supporters of Dame Cicely were invited to contribute to the project by sending, via email, a photograph of a lamp turned on in their home.  The response, from many parts of the world as well as from the UK, indicates the breadth of Dame Cicely’s impact and her continued influence both at home and internationally.

Displayed throughout the building and on the dedicated project website, the contributed photographs express the idea of bringing light and also something of every contributor’s home into the building. Light and the notion of ‘home’ were central to Dame Cicely’s concept of a suitable environment for palliative care.

Further information about the project, is available on the Light for Cicely website, where the photographs and accompanying descriptive texts from each contributor can be viewed. Please visit

A beautiful hardback book (A4 in size) has been published to accompany the installation containing all the photographs and accompanying text.  It can be purchased for £38.50 plus postage with all profits going to the work of Cicely Saunders International.

If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Cicely Saunders International on 020 7848 5580 or please email us.




photograph by Augusto Caraceni