reading the letter, 'Community hospitals must not aid conversions'
(ST, Nov 22), I am doubtful that the Ministry of Health holds the
I am a strong advocate of the following quote by Mahatma Gandhi:
'Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What
does it matter that we take different roads as long as we reach the
same goal? In reality, there are as many different religions as
there are individuals.'
I believe in the power of faith based on religion. Whenever
patients are suffering, I like to encourage them to get in touch
with their faith. Recently, my mentor told me that his doctor in a
public hospital suggested that they pray before his knee surgery,
after learning that they shared the same faith - Christianity.
One will be amazed at the power that this gesture has in
relieving a patient's suffering and anxiety.
While caregivers/doctors/voluntary workers do show genuine
concern, it is best to follow the golden rule: 'Let the patients
decide what is best for them.' Let us respect their wishes.
My mentor, a long-time hospice volunteer, related a touching
story about a reverend's decision when asked to baptise a dying
person by the latter's son.
The reverend gave
the following explanation to the son when he did not baptise the
'To all the questions I asked, he replied 'yes'. He does not know
what he is saying. I would rather he died believing in the faith of
This is a gracious act. In the course of 'mapping God's love',
one must practise humility and remember that the history of free men
is never written by chance but by choice - their choice.
Lee Soh Hong (Miss)