Interview - Jodie Goh

SKIP TO INTERVIEW | Xi Ying Khoo | Jodie Goh | Chen Jiaying | Chee Hui Ming | Toh Jiahe |

|| JODIE GOH, 22, Christian


The most memorable funeral that Jodie attended was of a close friend. He died at 21 from a motorcycle accident. She was extremely shocked as he had just gotten his license a few month before he passed.

Despite this, Jodie does not fear death. She believes that she must seize each moment in this lifetime and if her time is up, she has to learn to let go and move on. Still, she would worry and would want to make sure that her loved ones would be well taken care of. However, when it comes to the death of people she is close to, she admits to feeling a tinge of fear and pain just at the thought of losing them. Having experienced the loss of two close family members – her grandmother and godmother just this year, she learnt that funerals seem to be crafted more for the living to overcome their grief, as the deceased are already gone.

To Jodie, death means the end of one’s earthly purpose and having to move on to a spiritual purpose. Being a Christian, she believes that death means the meeting of her maker. Nevertheless, to her it is the most saddening with people die tragically – in much pain, or when their potential has yet to be fulfilled. Still, perceptions of when one’s time to die is also subjective, according to Jodie. She also does believe in heaven, and life with a purpose after death.


As it was a friend’s funeral, Jodie was not entirely sure how long it took to prepare for the funeral but she remembers it being within a week of the incident.


Jodie was just an attendee at the funeral, but she observed very much expressions of grief as the deceased was very young. The family was of Buddhist faith and there was religious chanting to ensure that he left this world peacefully.

Of her own funeral, Jodie feels that it would depend on how she passes on. She does not expect her loved ones to “celebrate” if it happens unfortunately, but if it were to be a natural passing, she still hopes for it to be a joyous and peace-filled occasion, simple, with memories shared about a “good life lived”. It would also be a time to encourage and remind her loved ones that this was not the end, but just part of a natural moving on in life.


She feels that HOTA is a “generally good system”. Despite the many concerns of many about what actually happens to the organs, she believes that as long as her organs are used for someone else or something beneficial, she is supportive of the system.

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