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Living well, leaving well

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Living well, leaving well

Both Sides, Now focuses on rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness on end-​of-​life plans.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9318” align=“alignleft” width=“595”] Com­mu­nity out­reach efforts by Both Sides, Now to bring aware­ness about EOL plans.[/caption]

Both Sides, Now has returned this year with an arts-​based, community-​centric approach that aims to build end-​of-​life (EOL) friendly com­mu­ni­ties where indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies are sup­ported in mak­ing informed deci­sions about EOL plans.

In a 2014 sur­vey on death atti­tudes in Sin­ga­pore com­mis­sioned by the Lien Foun­da­tion, 71 per­cent of the respon­dents saw the need for a national con­ver­sa­tion on death and dying. EOL car­ries sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial, social and emo­tional costs, and there is an urgent need to raise pub­lic aware­ness about these issues as well as advance care planning.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9319” align=“alignright” width=“428”] A Hello Party at Well­ness Kampung.[/caption]

Pre­sented by Lien Foun­da­tion, Ang Chin Moh Foun­da­tion, Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative, Both Sides, Now is con­tin­u­ing the work of rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness while adding a deeper dimen­sion of build­ing com­mu­nity capac­ity by train­ing com­mu­nity advo­cates and local ser­vice organ­i­sa­tions, as well as nur­tur­ing com­mu­nity alliances so as to ensure the programme’s sus­tain­abil­ity and effec­tive­ness. They will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with com­mu­nity part­ners such as Khoo Teck Puat Hos­pi­tal (Well­ness Kam­pung) and Mont­fort Care (Good Death Programme).

The team of Both Sides, Now has cho­sen to work with the res­i­dents of Chong Pang and Telok Blan­gah over the next three years, engag­ing them through spe­cially designed arts-​based expe­ri­ences which will cul­mi­nate in the co-​creation of art­works by a group of artists and com­mu­nity mem­bers. This will then be shared with the wider com­mu­nity or pub­lic to invite participation.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9320” align=“alignleft” width=“441”] “The Wind Came Home” at Chong Pang.[/caption]

Both Sides, Now has also launched a pup­petry per­for­mance of “The Wind Came Home”, a heart­warm­ing story told from the point of view of a stray cat, about an elderly cou­ple strug­gling to make end-​of-​life choices. It will be staged in Telok Blan­gah on Novem­ber 1 to 5. Also in Novem­ber, there will be a series of “How do you say it?” talks and work­shops in Telok Blan­gah where par­tic­i­pants will learn about EOL issues rang­ing from med­ical and legal con­cerns to emo­tional and social needs, and pick up skills to talk about them with their loved ones. For time and venue details, refer to:

http://​both​sidesnow​.sg/​w​h​a​t​s​o​n​-​t​h​e​-​w​i​n​d​-​c​a​m​e​-​h​o​m​e​.html
http://​both​sidesnow​.sg/​w​h​a​t​s​o​n​-​w​o​r​k​s​h​o​p​.html

Mem­bers of the pub­lic inter­ested in find­ing out more, and doing Advance Care Plan­ning (ACP) can visit www​.liv​ing​mat​ters​.sg. Find out more about com­mu­nity– based ACP resources and ser­vices at http://​both​sidesnow​.sg/​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​-​e​n​d​-​o​f​-​l​i​f​e​-​i​s​s​u​e​s​.html.

(** PHOTO CRED­ITS: Both Sides, Now)



Both Sides, Now focuses on raising public awareness on end-of-life plans.

 

Community outreach efforts by Both Sides, Now to bring awareness about EOL plans.

Both Sides, Now has returned this year with an arts-based, community-centric approach that aims to build end-of-life (EOL) friendly communities where individuals and families are supported in making informed decisions about EOL plans.

In a 2014 survey on death attitudes in Singapore commissioned by the Lien Foundation, 71 percent of the respondents saw the need for a national conversation on death and dying. EOL carries significant financial, social and emotional costs, and there is an urgent need to raise public awareness about these issues as well as advance care planning.

A Hello Party at Wellness Kampung.

Presented by Lien Foundation, Ang Chin Moh Foundation, Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative, Both Sides, Now is continuing the work of raising public awareness while adding a deeper dimension of building community capacity by training community advocates and local service organisations, as well as nurturing community alliances so as to ensure the programme’s sustainability and effectiveness. They will be collaborating with community partners such as Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Wellness Kampung) and Montfort Care (Good Death Programme).

The team of Both Sides, Now has chosen to work with the residents of Chong Pang and Telok Blangah over the next three years, engaging them through specially designed arts-based experiences which will culminate in the co-creation of artworks by a group of artists and community members. This will then be shared with the wider community or public to invite participation.

“The Wind Came Home” at Chong Pang.

Both Sides, Now has also launched a puppetry performance of “The Wind Came Home”, a heartwarming story told from the point of view of a stray cat, about an elderly couple struggling to make end-of-life choices. It will be staged in Telok Blangah on November 1 to 5. Also in November, there will be a series of “How do you say it?” talks and workshops in Telok Blangah where participants will learn about EOL issues ranging from medical and legal concerns to emotional and social needs, and pick up skills to talk about them with their loved ones. For time and venue details, refer to:

http://bothsidesnow.sg/whatson-the-wind-came-home.html
http://bothsidesnow.sg/whatson-workshop.html

Members of the public interested in finding out more, and doing Advance Care Planning (ACP) can visit www.livingmatters.sg. Find out more about community- based ACP resources and services at http://bothsidesnow.sg/resources-end-of-life-issues.html.

 

(** PHOTO CREDITS: Both Sides, Now)


 

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