How to Help the Elderly Cope with Death and Dying during the Pandemic? The Moral Dilemma of Hong Kong Christians
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Christian faith has been a crucial influence on the cultural and ethical formation of Hong Kong since the 17th century, and many hospitals and institutions for elderly palliative care are associated with Christian churches. However, the past one and a half year have been a challenge because of the global covid-19 pandemic. The situation has been particularly difficult for the elderly facing their death as well as for their family members. This paper therefore investigates the concept of a “good death” in Christian ethics and how Christians should practice the ethic of care during the pandemic. The author contends that we should not ignore the great physical and mental needs of these elderly people and their families in the name of public health concerns.
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