A recent study has revealed that too many Britons are failing to plan for their end of life or share these plans with their friends and family.
According to the study, which was released by the Dying Matters Coalition, 51% of respondents said they didn’t know their partner’s end of life wishes and only 36% of adults had written a will. In addition, only 6% said they had written down what they would like to happen with regards to their future care should they be in a situation where they can’t make decisions for themselves.
Interestingly however, although the majority of British people appear to be reluctant to talk about dying, or make plans for it, as many as 80% of respondents said they believed that all adults should have a legally valid will in place. The survey also found that 90% thought that healthcare professionals should undergo compulsory training in how to talk to people in the last stages of their life.
“Dying is one of life’s few certainties, but many of us appear to be avoiding discussing it or in denial altogether,” commented Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care.
“Talking more openly about dying and planning ahead is in everyone’s interests, as it can help ensure we get our wishes met and make it easier for our loved ones. You only die once, which is why it’s so important to make your wishes known while there’s still time,” she added.
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