SINGAPORE — For more than two decades, 83-year-old Ho Kwai Yeng did not dare to ask people for help even though she was worried about having enough money to pay for her own funeral arrangements.
So it came as a relief when she signed up for Nam Hong Welfare Service Society’s free funeral service, which will take care of this need when she dies.
The former seamstress, who is single, told TODAY in Mandarin: “When you live till this age, you don’t worry about talking about death, but other people may find it pantang (a taboo) to talk about such things.
“We’ll die sooner or later; it’s very difficult to say when we’ll go. One day we may have a fall or choke on food.”
Mdm Ho lives in Yishun with her 87-year-old sister, also single, in a studio apartment for senior citizens. And more seniors like her are starting to think about their own funeral arrangements, with more organisations, offering them free services too, especially for the destitute.
SINGAPORE – It is New Year’s Eve, and Madam Ang Cheng Boey, 72, is all dolled up, with pink lipstick on and a pretty scarf around her neck.
She is not preparing to attend new year festivities though.
Madam Ang was one of some 200 seniors who turned up at the Nam Hong Welfare Service Society in Yishun on Sunday afternoon (Dec 31) to have her portrait taken.