Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) Celebrates 25 Years of Impacting Lives.
SHC C.A.R.E. Documentary


Documenting SHC’s 25 years of impact and transformational journey in hospice and palliative care. Subtitles are available in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

Cherish your loved ones while you still can.
Appreciate our unsung healthcare heroes.
Relieve the load of caregiving.
Embrace volunteering at Singapore Hospice Council.

SHC “The Sketchbook” Short Film

“The Sketchbook” is SHC’s first short film and the story is inspired by a true event. A young artistic boy suffering from cancer finds friendship in a palliative care nurse. In the darkest moments of his life, the nurse stands by him and encourages him to aim for the stars. His dreams of wanting to put his artwork in a gallery is brought to reality with the help of his loved ones and his caring nurse. Their friendship continues to live on and will never be forgotten. Subtitles are available in English and Mandarin.

Soundtrack of SHC – 25 Years Journey

To celebrate 25 years, SHC has compiled a playlist of 7 meaningful songs, consisting of the 3 winning composition pieces from our 2019 Voices of my HeART (VOH) Songwriting Competition, composed pieces by Republic Polytechnic final year students and the song “Journey” by a 2019 VOH winner who stepped forward to lend her voice. You can learn more about SHC’s incredible journey through these songs.

What Does It Mean To Live And Leave Well?

These videos were produced by a group of Republic Polytechnic students in the Diploma in Media Production & Design for their Final-Year-Project in 2019/2020.

People from all walks of life have been positively impacted by the palliative care community.
Read their testimonials to find out about how we have made a difference.

Reaching out to SHC and organising a webinar on “Introduction to Palliative Care” for my union members, NEA staff branch was one of the proudest things I had done during this pandemic. Many thanks to Ms Violet Yang and Ms Tay Sin Huay from SHC for delivering an impactful and meaningful session. The short film “The Sketchbook” about the friendship between a young boy with cancer and a palliative care nurse tugged at our heartstrings and yet debunked the preconceptions we had about palliative care.  I was really heartened to receive many positive feedback and overwhelming response in the participation from my union members. I have learnt so much and got so much out both from the webinar and organising it. I encourage everyone to volunteer with SHC or link up with them to see how you can help to advocate living and leaving well.

Ms Tan Sze Wei
Vice President of Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE) 

The webinar session was a good eye-opener. I benefited much from the session and realized the topics discussed were of importance and relevance to our normal everyday lives.

Mr Rahim Alwi

My key takeaway is that as a society, we should further strengthen our qualities of kindness, empathy and support to one and all.

Mr M Rajendran

13 July 2021

In March 2021, Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) initiated story-telling sessions for the students from Anglo-Chinese Junior College to share a heart-warming story published by SHC with seniors at MWS Senior Centres at four locations. Inspired by a true life story, “Granny Cool” is about how the elderly patient and her granddaughter who was also her caregiver have sought comfort and support through palliative care. The following reflections are written by two student volunteers:

Prior to this experience, I did not have the clearest idea on what exactly palliative care was. Through meeting the staff of SHC, as well as the staff and the residents at MWS Senior Centre, I have gained a better idea on how to tackle difficult questions surrounding death. Furthermore, it was difficult initially to converse with the residents because of the language barrier. However, we were able to overcome this challenge by being open minded and unafraid to seek help from the staff at the Centre. We were keen to listen and learn more about these residents and we genuinely had fun conversing with them.

Ms Pow Shu Qi
Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Student
March 2021

Personally, I have learnt the importance of planning ahead. For example, I never knew that we had to choose a spokesperson to speak for us should we be unconscious or unable to make decisions for ourselves. Overall, this experience not only taught me the importance of thinking for my future, it has also equipped me with skills that I would need to talk about death issues. I also have gained greater confidence now in interacting with our seniors.

Ms Angelina Tan
Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Student
March 2021

The Time Of My Life Journal and Conversation Cards by Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) were useful tools for me to use when broaching the “taboo” topic of death. My family members found them very interesting as a conversation starter and appropriate for a meaningful exchange on the dinner table. In particular, this brought back invaluable memories of my grandma who shared about her experiences working in McDonald’s (she showed us her array of staff badges and collectible memorabilia), shopping at her favourite place – Chinatown, going overseas and taking a hot air balloon ride in Turkey. Of course, not forgetting her favourite food, she absolutely adored fishball noodles, cream puff and bubur cha cha (a sweet dessert made with coconut milk, yam and sago). There were many fond recollections she had of her life. Graduation photos, wedding photos, her iconic poses at various tourist destinations, and most significantly, the family portrait that hangs on the wall of our home, with her beaming brightly and surrounded by her children and grandchildren. In an unfortunate and unexpected twist of events, my grandma passed on just last week due to a cardiac arrest. The loss of a loved one definitely brought great grief to me and my family, yet we took comfort in knowing her life was a fulfilling and enriching one. My grandma’s legacies were carried onto the next generation, as we remembered her as a bubbly and cheery lady. Though she may not have had much of an education, she was always a loving mother and grandmother who worked hard to support the family, taking on numerous odd jobs to supplement her income. This experience really gave me a chance to get to know who my grandma was as a person. An ordinary woman who found pleasure indulging in simple hawker fare, but an extraordinary lady who had selfless love for her children and grandchildren. Truly, the workshop by SHC really hit home after this episode. It is important to have that conversation about death before it is too late.

Ms Nicole Chua
Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Student
20 Jan 2021

A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop by Singapore Hospice Council (SHC). Death is a taboo topic for Singaporeans and given our strong Asian culture, it is no exception for my family. Therefore it takes a lot of courage to sit my parents down and talk about it. It has taken quite a few days but I was resolved to have that discussion with them. After sitting them down, I realised that the conversation beyond the introduction was easy and smooth sailing. My family is quite realistic and we all know that death happens, it is just a matter of when. Moreover, because it is inevitable, it is important to talk about our dying wishes. During the conversation, I got to learn about my parents’ request at unfortunate times. At the end of the dialogue, I made up an unofficial ‘Advance Care Plan’, which pens out what they want (i.e. Whether they want to continue living if their condition confines them to a vegetative state etc.). We also read the 3 Life Books by SHC given to me, which are great resources to lighten the mood of a dark topic. At the end of the conversation, to my surprise, I felt more bonded with my parents and got to know them much better. This was a good opportunity for me as I know that my decisions will be made on those wishes and I can give them the options that they want as far as possible. This way, life would be worthwhile and death is just another ordinary and less scary step in the circle of life.

Mr Anelka Tay Salam
Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Student
20 Jan 2021

I got to know about the Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) through a songwriting competition, “Voices of My Heart”, jointly organised by SHC and Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB).

After the competition, I became interested in the activities and programs of SHC and came to know about the “Lend Your Voice to Palliative Care” campaign. Understanding that SHC is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and considering that I am a singer-songwriter, I felt that I could do my part and lend my voice by volunteering to write a song for SHC’s 25th anniversary.

(Ms Tan Yu Qing was a 3rd prize winner of SHC-LHZB inaugural songwriting competition held at the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day event in October 2019.)

Ms Tan Yu Qing
Youth Songwriter
14 January 2020

Lend Your Voice to Palliative Care (Click To View Campaign Site)

Thank you for publishing the research findings on SMU study which has shown that Singaporeans are more comfortable discussing end-of-life matters. It was a meaningful yet relatable research article for me because my two beloved grandmas went home to be with the Lord in January and July this year. My paternal grandma had received palliative care but my maternal grandma did not.

I would say that the palliative care team was our greatest support. While doctors brought us negative news, we sought comfort in the palliative care doctors because in just a short period of time, they could integrate into our family and helped us to come together as one. The way they talked to the patient, conversations they created with the unconscious were so assuring, allowing us to trust them, and to know that under their care, our beloved grandmother had lived with as little pain as possible. I wished my maternal grandma and family members had experienced the same care and support as well.

Ms Desiree Sim Pei Ling
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Year 3 Student
15 October 2019

Lend Your Voice to Palliative Care (Click To View Campaign Site)

It is an honour to contribute my story and partner SHC in publishing the “Granny Cool” Life Book. The books are easy to read and understand. Most importantly, it allows readers to know what palliative care is about and helps reach out to families to discuss, act and engage in a person’s last moments in the most meaningful way, bringing the families closer.

Ms Melisa Quek
Caregiver to her late grandma
3 February 2020

I write to compliment the writer, illustrator and the team behind this Life Book, titled “Lawrence of Arabia”. It touches me very much. I will consider serving in a hospice in years to come. Thanks and appreciate your hard work.

Ms Jennifer Lim
Member of the public
15 May 2019

The illustrated piece “Lawrence of Arabia” is tastefully done. This is the type of creative visuals that attracts adults’ attention.

Ms Mina Lim
Deputy Director | St. Andrew’s Senior Care
HEAD | Anglican Senior Centre (Hillview)
22 March 2019

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