We will all face it one day.
Notwithstanding medical progress and increased longevity, death is a natural part of life. In recognising our mortality, we acknowledge our common humanity and hold on to what is important and precious.
Yet, we don’t talk about death. This lack of openness can lead to compromised care and support at the end of life. There may be regrets, things left unsaid and unfulfilled wishes.
The aim of this campaign is to change the way our society views death and dying. We encourage people to talk openly about what matters to them, and to make plans in advance. This is to avoid making decisions during a crisis when one is emotional, or passing this burden to our loved ones when we can no longer make decisions.
It is hoped that this website will help you start thinking of what matters to you near the end of life, to start conversations with your loved ones and to plan ahead.
Moreover, we also hope that it could help you understand more about palliative care and to provide you with information to help you and your loved ones live to the fullest when confronted with a serious illness.
Consider it a gift of love to your family.
Most of us are not keen on making our own end-of-life decisions. Yet it is our responsibility. Doing so gives us the assurance (or confidence) that we have some control over how we live our remaining days. It also relieves our loved ones from the burden of making decisions for us.
Many families have shared that they felt a greater sense of relief when matters related to death and dying were brought out into the open. They also felt that they have grown closer to one another.
- What matters to you and what doesn’t matter?
Eg. What matters: family time, good symptom control
Eg. What doesn’t matter: Prolonging life at the expense of comfort?
- How would you like to spend your remaining time?
- Where would you want to be in your last days?