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Palliative care: Not an act of despair, but a loving way to ease the last journey

Delays in referring patients to palliative care just mean more suffering for them and their caregivers.

Dying and end-of-life issues remain taboo among many Singaporeans. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Reading the recent slew of reports on end-of-life issues in The Straits Times this week, I had a strong sense of deja vu.

My family had gone through the experience of caring for my mother in her last months, and I recall how palliative care helped ease her pain and our anxiety as caregivers.

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