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Getai shows to discuss death & dying

Some people may find it tough to talk about dying and death, but some organisations are hoping to change that through getai performances.

SINGAPORE: Some people may find it tough to talk about dying and death, but some organisations are hoping to change that through getai performances.

The first such show, by Lien Foundation and Ang Chin Moh Foundation, kicked off on Sunday evening at the Kreta Ayer Square in Chinatown.

Other than familiar oldies, getai veterans Wang Lei and Lin Ruping also belted out lines from a new Chinese-Hokkien song in a bid to get people talking about dying and death.

The performers also discussed topics such as hospice and palliative care.

The three-hour show will have its next run on Friday at Tampines Community Square.

Other locations include Woodlands and Yung An Road in the west.

Some of the audience Channel NewsAsia spoke to said it is a good initiative.

A member of the audience said: "The platform is not bad. You wouldn't dare to talk about this (death) with your family. So it is good to have a third party remind you about this."  

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