Last month, at the National Health Security Office (NHSO) of Thailand, Ekkapop Sittiwantana, an initiator of the project, held a lunch talk about updates in Peaceful Death Project.
The main topic of the conversation was the changing attitude toward death. With the help of both private and public sector, a once taboo subject in Thailand, people tend to have a more accepting attitude toward death and dying.
The team also launched the latest book written by Ms. Patwajee Srisuwan: ‘Wise funeral’. The book contains knowledge about how to prepare a funeral in Thai contexts, covering issues such as: how to get a death certificate, where to get a coffin and an undertaker, how to hold a funeral wisely according to the Buddhist teaching, and even estimated expenses for the rite.
After the talk, Dr Winai Sawasdivorn, Secretary General of NHSO, stated that preparing for death is a very important issue in an ageing society such as Thailand.
Citizens, either sick or healthy, must prepare for their inevitable end in one way or another, said the Secretary General: “The question of how to reach the public is still a main challenge that we, NHSO, will have to think about.
“NHSO aim to coordinate a helping hand from the private sector so that we could improve palliative care policy and prepare the peaceful death for the people ever more.
“With a good start with NHSO, we hope that there will be more collaboration between the public sector and the private sector in the coming future.”