December 2001 – February 2002
Inspired by Ven. Sangye Khadro’s talks on death and dying, an enthusiastic young member of Amitabha Buddhist Center (ABC) in Singapore, Chew Yat Peng, joined her in starting a hospice volunteer group just two years ago. The project, named Hospice Under The Care Of Amitabha Buddha by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, took off with the help of two senior ABC members, KB Liaw and Sua Ee Jong.
KB Liaw, honorary secretary of the ABC and an active hospice volunteer himself, reports: To date, the volunteer base has expanded to almost 60 active members, from all walks of life, who share a genuine desire to put compassion into practice.
The pioneer batch of volunteers underwent basic training in nursing care with the Nursing Director of Dover Park Hospice (DPH), a local non-government charity, in Feb-March 2000, and began their in-patient visits at DPH in April the same year. Currently, the volunteers are visiting the DPH in groups at weekly and fortnightly intervals….death and dying, hospice, socially engaged buddhism