THE FINAL JOURNEY
The ageing of Hong Kong’s population means more of us are facing death, or the death of our loved ones, than ever before. HKU scholars have been looking at some of the key issues for a peaceful end, including where we die, what happens to our remains, bereavement and spiritual well-being.
Prelude to Dying
There are many, often poetic ways to describe death – shuffling off the mortal coil, venturing to the Yellow Springs, giving up the ghost, joining the invisible choir, to name a few. But a reluctance to talk more forthrightly about this inevitable journey, particularly in Chinese society, means people may die in a manner out of tune with their wishes. HKU scholars are trying to break down the barriers to reaching a peaceful end.
The Post-Mortem Dilemma
To autopsy or not to autopsy? Families increasingly argue against them, but there are good reasons why we need to stem the decline in autopsies, argues pathologist Dr Philip Beh.