Dying Without Regrets
Mr. Ho, an elderly patient who lived alone and had end-stage respiratory failure, found solace and comfort after receiving Tzu Chi’s Palliative Care services, which also helped relieve him of his frequent hospitalisation needs. The comforting words of Palliative Care team member Nancy Tan, “you can call me anytime if you need help”, gave him much support and courage to complete the final leg of his life journey. The medical team knew of Mr. Ho’s dying wish to be reunited with his four-generation family, and thus invited his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to celebrate Buddha Day with him in May 2017. At the celebration, the team even guided the younger members of the family to serve tea to Mr. Ho and bathe his feet, which touched him deeply. Three months later, the elderly man passed away peacefully at home.