Voices

Death is serious, obituaries should be too

From

Heng Cho Choon

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Published: August 7, 4:02 AM

The report, “Celebrating life in obituaries” (Aug 5), caught my attention. When I visited the website (http://obitcheery.com/nafa-inspirations.aspx), I was aghast to read obituaries, for example, “in loving memory” of a deceased’s “snores” and “farts”.

Death is a serious issue. When it is trivialised, it will not be easily de-stigmatised. Nor will it lessen the pain of the loved ones of a deceased. Death, like birth and marriage, is part of life’s journey, and our elderly should be prepared to move on to the next part.

It was reported last month that suicides in Singapore hit a record high last year, and the increase over the 2011 figure was 29 per cent. We should help those who are suicide-prone rather than trying to trivialise death.

One can sugar-coat the subject of death but, more importantly, we should leave behind a trail of sweet memories for our loved ones and friends when we exit this world.