Welcome Message


Ms Chee Wai Yee
Organising Committee
Grief and Bereavement Conference 2018


Dear Friends & Colleagues,

I am honoured and excited to be organising Singapore’s inaugural Grief and Bereavement Conference (GBC2018). Organising this conference is a natural extension of the work by the sub-committee that was formed under the auspices of the Singapore Hospice Council to improve the local standards of grief and bereavement care.

The theme of the conference, “Our Collective Voices,” will bring together health and social care practitioners, academics, faith leaders, educators, volunteers and service providers in death-related services, to network and share learning opportunities. It is the Organising Committee’s hope that more of us across the various sectors can come together to form a community of support for the bereaved.

Given that death is universal, losing a loved one is an experience shared by almost all of us. However, we will find ourselves grieving differently, depending on our life stages, our relationship with the deceased, the circumstances of the death among many other factors. “Our Collective Voices,” also calls for the attention of the various service providers to appreciate the multifaceted grief experiences. I am thankful to our overseas speakers who bring with them the expertise working with the bereaved and managing bereavement centres across the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan.

Together with our professional partners – Art Therapists’ Association Singapore, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore) and Children’s Cancer Foundation – we look forward to meeting you at the two-day conference on 31 October and 1 November 2018 at Furama RiverFront Hotel. We have invited more than 40 international and local speakers to share knowledge, skills and conduct workshops on self-work. Whether you are involved in supporting the grief of children, adolescents, adult or the elderly, we hope you will find the learning at the conference applicable and relevant to you. Different modalities of supporting the bereaved will be explored – creative art therapies, group work, legacy building, or working in inter-professional partnerships. I am particularly looking forward to enhancing my understanding of the grief experienced by the bereaved through deaths from HIV, pregnancy loss and suicide.

For limited places, some of you, especially school counsellors, may wish to consider attending the pre-conference workshop on supporting grieving children and adolescents. There will also be a post-conference workshop introducing the fundamentals of grief and bereavement care which is well-suited for beginning professionals, volunteers, grassroot and faith leaders.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, let me extend our warmest invitation to you to be part of this inaugural Grief and Bereavement Conference in Singapore!