Wed, Jul 09, 2008
A PATIENT once told me: "You know what, doctor, when I was told that I have cancer, suddenly all my shares, my properties and my brand-new car have no more meaning."
Yet, the attachment that some Singaporeans have to their cars never fails to amaze me.
The patient who spoke to me became depressed after he was diagnosed with cancer, but his condition improved after he took stock of what was truly important in his life.
When he was near his life's end, I asked him if he was afraid. He said no.
He had done no harm to others, he said, and he remembered the good things that he had done. He also relished the happiness he had brought to others.
He died peacefully.
Dr Tan Chek Wee
Why is she not dying peacefully?
Will he die peacefully?
Her misdeed is only a fraction of his; Is he not afraid for himself, when he sees what is happening to her?
Will I, the doggy, die peacefully?
Will you die peacefully?