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SR Nathan passes away despite few weeks of prayers & well-wishes to get better soon

Posted on 23 August 2016

Singaporeans wished they could have put more thought into their prayers and well-wishes.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who sometimes go through motion without thinking, have their arms akimbo and heads down, after they heard that former president SR Nathan passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, at the age of 92.

This despite Singaporeans sending numerous prayers and well-wishes his way after hearing that he suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago.

One Singaporean, Qi Dao, said she is sad: “I sent SR Nathan a get-well-soon message on Facebook and added a Like. I saw many other Singaporeans do the same.”

“On hindsight, it was a bit too cookie-cutter as I just intuitively crafted a get-well-soon message in four or five seconds as a way to mitigate the negative feelings I had at that time and quickly moved on to the next post on my Facebook news feed.”

“If only I had lingered a bit longer on that post.”

Other locals said they are slowly noticing the error of their ways.

One other local, Tai Yi Yang, said: “Thinking about it now, I must admit my Facebook exhortation to get better was a bit pedestrian and too similar to the thousands of other exhortations to get better.”

“If only my get-well-soon exhortation was accompanied by a picture or a moving gif, who knows? Things might have turned out differently.”

At press time, thousands of Singaporeans are sending condolences and sad face emojis via Facebook.







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