According to a new survey, not enough people in Britain are making plans for their end of life.
NatCen Social Research’s British Social Attitudes, which was published by the Dying Matters Coalition as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, found that although 70% of respondents said they were comfortable discussing death, only 5% have a living will and only 11% have documented what they would like to happen at their funeral.
Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care commented: “It’s encouraging that older people are becoming more comfortable discussing dying and their end of life wishes, but as a nation too many of us are still shunning the conversations that can help avoid heartbreak and regret at the end of life.
“You don’t have to be ill or dying to make plans for your future, which is why we are calling on people across the country to take practical steps by writing a will, recording their funeral wishes, planning their future care and support, considering registering as an organ donor and telling loved ones their wishes.”
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