Excerpts from readers' letters

HOSPITALS CAN LEARN FROM HOSPICES

When my mother passed away at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) recently, the nurse merely drew the curtain and we had to do our weeping inside within earshot of others in the room. When my mother's body was moved to the mortuary, it was wrapped in a mere blanket, placed on a trolley in the corridor, not in a proper room.

While I thank the doctors at SGH for their help surely more can be done to accord respect to the dead.

TAN LIN NEO SUSAN (MISS)


LAST GIFT FOR POLICY HOLDERS

It is now commonplace for people to have many insurance policies. But when a family member dies, the next of kin may not know of the insurance policies he had taken. Could the authorities put the onus on insurers to take the initiative and contact the next of kin of the policy holder?

LIM LIH MEIL (MS)


HELP FOR SOS HELPLINE

Hiring full-time staff to meet the needs of the Samaritans of Singapore is one way to tackle the shortage of people to man the hotline. The other is to get the assistance of peer support specialists - former patients of the Institute of Mental Health with resolved mental health issues and who have been trained under a special programme to render help to such people.

This group of people would be the best choice to listen and counsel people in distress.

LEE KAY YAN (MISS)


TIME TO ENLIVEN MOTHER TONGUES

Speaking less Malay and, for that matter, Mandarin or Tamil is a fait accompli in the decades to come.

Maybe, the time is ripe to enliven all our mother tongues - lest they perish.

TAN TECK HUAT


HARNESS USE OF PASSION SILVER CARD

All this talk about going cashless is putting pressure on our senior citizens (who are not tech savvy) and the very low-income group (who are living from hand to mouth).

Many seniors do not realise that they have actually gone cashless with the use of their Passion Silver card for public transport. The authorities should work with neighbourhood shops and service providers to equip them with devices that will accept payment with the Passion Silver card, to make it easy for these folk.

LIM TONG WAH

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2017, with the headline 'Excerpts from readers' letters'. Print Edition | Subscribe