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.
“The Sketchbook” Short Film
“The Sketchbook” is Singapore Hospice Council’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.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Singapore Hospice Council. In these 25 years, SHC has grown to have more than 20 member organisations today that are committed to improving the lives of patients with life-threatening illnesses and to giving support to the loved ones of these patients. SHC has compiled 7 meaningful songs to mark this journey, 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.
Palliative Care Has Made A Difference
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.
Motivation for My Song, “Journey”
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.)
It is an honour to contribute my story and partner SHC in publishing one of the Life Book series. 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.
Lawrence of Arabia
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.
Lawrence of Arabia
The illustrated piece is tastefully done. This is the type of creative visuals that attracts adults’ attention.