No words can describe the pain our family is feeling now and for the past 11 months. Our grandmother, resilient till her very last breath, left us on 17 April 2012, leaving us feeling empty, helpless and abandoned.
Many times, we tell ourselves while looking at her frail tiny body, 'She has to go. She is suffering too much.' Our grandmother reached a stage where she stared blankly at the ceiling, reaching out her weak left arm to any friendly hand from any visitor passing by her bed. As she talked lesser to us, we could feel her leaving us, like a shadow disappearing with every passing of a minute. It is indeed heart-wrenching to see someone who cared for us so unselfishly fade into darkness, eventually becoming just a shadow of her old self. As she slept more and more, we felt that she could sense her end was near. She often told us to go home quickly and we could feel that she did not want to leave us, as much as we did not want to leave her. The cruelty of it all was that her body kept breaking down, and with each step we took her forward in spirit, the body falls two steps behind. Eventually she succumbed, albeit peacefully, in her sleep. We wish her well, as she now looks over us in heaven, continuing to be our guardian angel, as she was in life, as in death.
My brother said, 'You know, there is a little Popo in all of us.'
We would also want take this opportunity to thank all relatives and friends for their generous donations and kind words during our recent bereavement.
This tribute goes out to the team of dedicated doctors and nurses, health care workers from Dover Park Hospice, HCA, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Bright Vision Hospital and the SCDF. Without the patience, timely care and professionalism of Dr Allyn Hum, Dr Bong, Dr Farid, Nurse Christopher Tan, Shelby (Physiotherapist) and all nurses who took special care of our granny, she would never have come so far in her journey with us and eventually passed away with dignity and peace.