The matter of life and death is valid to all people regardless of their age. Death as a being a taboo subject in our culture prevent many from having an open discussion about the inevitable end of our being. However, the less we adequately discuss death and end-of-life issues, the more anxious and uncertain we feel towards what is to come when the end of life draws near. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings towards quality end-of-life care among the general public in Hong Kong, for instances the procedures of filing reportable deaths, and prerequisites of ageing and dying at home. There is an imminent need for effective and innovative way to overcome this cultural barrier for life and death education.
The team employs a unique approach with their multidisciplinary expertise — to develop a concept musical drama. Creative work has artistic, cultural and entertainment values to keep the audience interested enough to learn about death-related knowledge, which may otherwise be disregarded or avoided. In particular, the team is focusing on knowledge not readily acquired from daily life situations, but is only learnt when we come face to face to life and death matters.
Screenplay, music and lyrics are all based on true stories of recruited end-of-life patients and family members, who are invited back as audience of the performance. Themes such as what it means to experience a “good finale” and how to cope with losing a loved one are explored. The team is here to debunk common misconceptions towards death-related matters.
Through entertainment, the team leads the audience into confronting death-related issues and embracing the concept of quality end-of-life care, cultivating a positive perception and attitude towards death. In the next phase, the team will move onto stage production and create an original soundtrack that rings in the audience’s ears – along with the message it is carrying across.
– 10 end-of-life patients
– 20 family members of end-of-life patients
– 12000-15000 audience of the performances
A social and life course epidemiologist by training, Roger is experienced in health inequality and ageing-related health issues. Actively involved in policy advocacy on quality end-of-life care, he hosts the radio programme “Life 21 Grams” at D100 to promote life and death education. Apart from the passion in community service, he has a talent for music, forming the acclaimed musical duo “The Chung Brothers” with his brother Henry Chung and releasing critically acclaimed records since 2009. Roger received his PhD from HKU.