Rosalie Shaw grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, Australia, and was a teacher and then a nurse before she became a doctor. Inspired by the work of Dame Cicely Saunders, she decided to do palliative care and went on to set up one of the first palliative care units in Australia at Hollywood Hospital in Perth. In 1992, she was invited to come to Singapore to help establish the home care service of the Hospice Care Association. She originally intended to stay for just a year, but to the great good fortune of Singapore and many thousands of patients and families, she chose to stay.
This collection of stories tells of her experiences. They are distilled from countless hours, days and often nights, spent caring for people and families who were living with dying. Her words speak not just of pain, loss and conflict, but also of courage, dignity, love and hope. Unflinching in their honesty, they bear witness to the struggles and triumphs of those facing the end of life, and allow the reader a rare glimpse into their lives through the eyes of a hospice pioneer.
Page Count: 160
Year Published: 2008