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Vigil Angels

Vigil Angels is a service which provides humanistic support focusing on the dignity of an imminently dying patient

01 December 2021

Vigil Angels is a service which provides humanistic support focusing on the dignity of an imminently dying patient. The Vigil Angels experience brings immense comfort and peace to  the patient and also the family, knowing that the best possible care was delivered compassionately and professionally to their loved one, in their final hours.

 

Even the best of caregivers are often too distressed, when their loved one is actively dying. The fear of causing more harm and discomfort to the patient, often results in sub-optimal care. Vigil Angels seeks to bridge this gap, to provide the grieving family with an additional layer of support, to enable the family to have the space and time to sit quietly with their dying loved one.

Volunteers under this programme engage the dying patient, by working to soothe the five human senses. Some of the tasks that they undertake include:

  • Aroma bed bath, oral care and hair wash, using aroma essential oil
  • Gentle foot reflexology, hands and body massage
  • A calming presence using music and aromatherapy
  • Short respite care for the family

If you would like to join us as a Vigil Angel, drop us an email at volunteer@hcahospicecare.org.sg. Training will be provided.