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Fully in the moment

The resilient love

A senior staff nurse shares encounters of courageous caregivers who kept on going even as the going got rough. I have been a senior staff nurse at Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Hospice Care Service for nine amazing years, during which I’ve seen how wonderful caregivers are in caring for their

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Self-discovery

Finding a deeper purpose

The journey of becoming better palliative care workers starts with ourselves. Being in my 20s, thoughts of one day being unable to see clearly or use the toilet on my own may seem premature. However, it shouldn’t be pushed out of mind either. After all, ageing is a universal experience.

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Distant farewell

No matter the distance

Caregivers play an important role in supporting their loved ones. For Marivic, a palliative nurse at Sengkang Community Hospital, being apart from her dying father did not stop her from caring for him till the end of his life. The ringtone woke her up. Glancing at the clock on the

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Extraordinary aspiration

Building on formative experiences

Senior Resident Physician Dr Teoh Ren Shang contemplates his journey in palliative care thus far. I consider myself a newbie to palliative care even though my interest in it developed 17 years ago when I was a first-year medical officer in Medical Oncology. For the past four years, I have

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HCA Hospice Care

A social calling

HCA Hospice Care Head of Psychosocial Services, Tan Ching Yee, addressing her inspiration and calling to join the Social Work sector, the challenges faced in the field, and lessons and advice for her peers. Ms Tan Ching Yee is a registered social worker with more than 25 years of working

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Changi General Hospital

A journey to continue

Registered nurse Wang Liyun continues to gain strength and resilience in her work to journey the last stretch with her palliative patients and their families. Years ago, when I was a junior nurse, I observed the common occurrence where many patients came to the hospital and were diagnosed with a

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Volunteer advocacy

Even if they kill me, I refuse to die

Former newsman, PR practitioner and hospice volunteer Peter Yeo talks about his and other patients’ journey with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in a soon-to-be-published book. He has already outlived his prognosis of five years and continues to fight to breathe every day. Being a volunteer in the hospice care movement in

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Assisi Hospice

Making an impact through improvement in clinical quality

While not on the frontline of providing palliative care, Wong Yin Yee finds that improving quality in clinical care makes a difference. There were patients and caregivers who asked her, “What is the use of letting you know our needs? You can’t do it. We have to wait for a

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Project Happy Apples

Reaching out with warmth

Reaching outwith warmth Reaching outwith warmth Project Happy Apples extended virtual befriending to St. Andrew’s Community Hospital palliative patients. During this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Andrew’s Community Hospital (SACH) and Project Happy Apples (PHA) bonded together, journeying with SACH palliative care patients and their loved ones. Started

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