It requires many voices to create a culture of change and decades of transition in which we normalize talking about, planning and preparing for loss. It begins with us accepting responsibility for living, grieving, and dying wisely.
Now, according to a study published by Lien Foundation back in April 2014. the report highlighted that more than 77% of Singaporeans wish to die at home. However, the grim reality reflects far from reality. In 2019, a total of 21,446 deaths were registered, and amongst all these figures, only 22.9% of the death actually took place at home, while the remaining 62.2% took place in hospitals, 7.9% in nursing homes and charitable institutions. ( Registry of Births and Deaths, 2019). A spark contrast of what Singaporeans wish for.
While Singaporeans are now gradually opening to up traditional deemed taboo topics like death, it still nonetheless takes a trigger such as health challenges or witness of a close relative/ friends leaving to get people thinking about their preferences and needs. As unpredictable as life is, It is important to talk about end-of-life care issues with our loved ones before it becomes too late. therefore such dialogue should and ought to take place at every significant milestone of an individual with their family members.So why talk about dying suddenly?
For starters, we can’t foresee the future, while we are still very much clear-headed and healthy we should look for opportunities to make, discuss important decisions without emotions and grief getting in the way to express our preferences and wishes.
Only you know how to effectively honor your wishes at the end of life. Your loved ones will be able to discuss what is important to them if you make this plan together.
It’s crucial to communicate your end-of-life wishes to everyone who will be affected by your death. It should be written down, recorded, and legalized. This will relieve the strain on those you care about.
You start to think about what’s essential to you. What is the point of my existence? What do I need to alter in my life now and in the future to be fulfilled?
There will be less pain in the future if we accept and move forward and create a culture of openness about death and dying now.
It is possible to resolve unresolved financial issues. This is a nudge to start thinking about the remainder of your life and your death.
Understanding and embracing sorrow, death, and dying will have a significant impact on your life and death. It will encourage others you care about to do the same.
Regrets – If you think you’ll have any, now is the time to deal with them.
We can live lives fully and die living a fulfilled life if we plan and prepare for life and death, and we can leave a legacy of love if we plan and prepare for life and death.
The peace of mind you’ll have knowing you’ve done everything you can to keep yourself and your loved ones from suffering excessively towards the end of life.
There is a need for more public conversations about death and dying, whether it’s with our loved ones about our end-of-life decisions or with our loved ones about their preferences and needs. And before we assume that our parents are too elusive about such a topic. You will be surprised to find that they are open to sharing their plans with you by initiating the conversation.So what better way to start by Planning your Perfect Celebration of Life?
To simplify the process. We designed an interactive survey kit, where you can at your own pace and comfort. Discover about your end-of-life preferences. Your answers and selection will be emailed to you at the end of the exercise for your future references.
You may wish to check out our guides on
Handling Death: What you Need to Do
Planting the seeds for the trees of tomorrow: Practicalities of Pre Planning.
Live Life, Love Life
Whether you are planning your own or your loved ones’ end-of-life plan, Nirvana Memorial Garden can help you achieve total peace of mind and long-term savings with a comprehensive suite of funeral and preplanning services. To learn more, visit us at www.nirvana.com.sg
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