Flashbulb memories: Reliving in 4K the moment I heard about LKY’s death

Some moments in time when we learn of shocking news feel so vivid, we can almost relive them.

Flashbulb memories are the moments when people find out something traumatic or significant, and are able to recall with great detail the entire scene, as if one took a photo of the moment. PHOTO: ST FILE
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When the news first broke on March 23, 2015, of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s death, I was alone in my dormitory room at university in Britain.

I recall starkly the sense of loneliness, far away from home, as what seemed like the mourning of an entire nation unfolded – going by the endless clips and montages of his life being played on television and shared on social media.

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