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Past Public Talk-The Last Lap: What Dying Teaches Us about Life (Zoom)

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In this U3A webinar special, two experts discuss the delicate issue that we must face about our loved ones and eventually ourselves – dying.

Prof Thang, who did a delightful session in July this year on ageing in Japan, will recount her perceptions of how death and dying has changed over the years as the Japanese respond to the challenges of longevity. She will share socio-cultural observations of such practices as shukatsu (planning for later life and afterlife) and the living funeral.

Dr Tan asks the question: We usually hear only about the illness that led to someone’s death, but what was the lived human experience? How did this person live through this inevitable part of life? Dr Tan will recount common people’s experiences of dying. Talking about it is important. It is experience that frightens us, but it also through experience that we learn most. Just as darkness allows us to appreciate light that illuminates the world, death permits us to deeply appreciate what it means to live.

Event Details

Date: 26 Nov 2022
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Mode of Instruction: Online via ZOOM
Language: English
Fee: Admission is free


Dr Tan Yew Seng

Dr Tan Yew Seng

Senior Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Oncocare Cancer Centre

Dr Tan is a doctor with an interest in end-of-life care for patients and their families. He had provided end-of-life care in the general practice, hospice, community hospital and tertiary hospital settings. Currently, he is senior consultant palliative medicine physician at Oncocare Cancer Centre.

Assoc Professor Thang Leng Leng

Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore

Prof Thang is associate professor and co-director of Next Age Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS). She was head of the Department of Japanese Studies at NUS for 12 years up to 2021. She has research interest in the socio-cultural aspects of aging in Japan and Singapore.


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