Facing death – A documentary by Channel News Asia, Singapore

What do Singaporeans care about most when death is near? Faced with a terminal illness, do we seek every possible treatment and prolong dying, or do we work towards a good closure with palliative care? Filmed over half a year, this documentary tracks the end-of-life journeys of patients age 5-93. It consists of 5 episodes, focusing on each different topics in palliative care in each episode.

Episode one highlight: Parts of an interview with Asso Prof Cynthia Goh, Chair of the APHN.

Episode two highlight: Work of the paediatric palliative care home care team STARPALS with parts of an interview with Dr Chong Poh Heng, our council member.

Episode three highlight: Work of the palliative care department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. How difficult is it for medical professionals to deliver bad news and discuss death with patients?  How do they promote quality of life for their terminally ill patients?

Episode four highlight: Interview with palliative care home care nurse Esther and Nicole. Hear what they have to say.

Episode five highlight: Patients in in-patient hospice, Dover Park Hospice

Comment from APHN member and Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Myanmar Participant, Dr Wah Wah Myint Zu: “Holistic approach of Palliative care.. Continuity of care at hospital,home or hospice … Quality of life in end of life or facing death… According to survey in SG , 77 % of patients want to die at home Most of them want to stay with family”

View the full documentary here.