COVID-19: No one should die alone

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COVID-19: No one should die alone


I read a post 
"No one should die alone" referring to dying alone
in a nursing home. 

My mind goes to 
the many COVID-19 patients 
in Intensive Care Units
who had to die alone 
without their loved ones 
around them.

"Nurse, I am scared to die!"
" Uncle, I will chant a prayer together with you."

Another Buddhist nurse said: 
"According to a Buddhist monk, 
it is better to inform the dying to remember the good deeds 
they have done so that 
they may reborn
in a better realm."

A Muslim healthcare worker 
would hold 
the dying patient's hand 
and say a prayer
during their last breaths.

A Hindu nurse said,
"We can chant 
Om Shivaya Namaha 
or Om Namo Shivaya." 

A Christian nurse said, 
"I would do this:
With both my praying hands held over her/ his praying hands and recite Psalm 23: V 1 - 6"


When everything else seems futile, spirituality offers great solace and comfort.

Even a Hindu doctor had recited Islamic prayer for a patient on death bed!

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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