My letter to The New Paper on the above subject is published today, Monday 2nd October 2017.
I refer to the reports that television celebrity Gurmit Singh did not place his late father in a hospice because of wrong impressions and lack of knowledge.
Hospice care is end-of-life care. The objective is to help give the dying peace, comfort and dignity. But a hospice is not a place where people go to die.
The good work of hospice care staff needs to be published so that more people who are sceptical of admitting their relatives into these places will consider this option which can also significantly reduce the strain on caregivers.
The stress and strain of caring for close relatives who are in the last stages of their life can lead to burnout.
If the patient insists on living alone, there is also much anxiety for family members, as was the case with Gurmit, whose father was battling cancer.
With his wacky and bubbling character, Gurmit is the right person to bring some joy into the lives of patients and create more awareness of end-of-life issues as a hospice ambassador.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO