Dying Matters reports that Britons more comfortable discussing death but too many still not taking action

May 12, 2016   //   No Comments

Research conducted with over 2,000 adults in Great Britain by ComRes, on behalf of the annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, found that:

  • 52% of BritonsĀ agree they have become more comfortable talking about their own death or that of people close to them over last five years
  • But only 35% say they have made a will
  • Two-thirds (67%) would help someone organise or record end of life plans
  • 45% feel talking or thinking about death scares them

big conversationSome people still find it difficult to discuss death and dying, for a variety of reasons. One quarter (25%) of people believe that a medical breakthrough in the near future will extend their life expectancy significantly. Nearly half (45%) admitted that discussing death made it feel closer, and 45% that it scared them to some degree, and as many as one in seven (15%) feel that talking about death will actually make it happen.

However, although people are saying they are increasingly comfortable with talking about death this still not translating into action. Only 35% of those polled said they had made a will, the same as in 2015, even though 48% said they had discussed it with anyone. Only 28% of men asked have registered as an organ donor, rising to 38% for women. Similarly, 29% of women have discussed their end of life wishes with someone, and only 21% of men. Worryingly, only 7% of people have written down their wishes for their future care. 30% of people say they have not made any of the recommended plans or decisions relating to death and dying.

Read the full report on the Dying Matters website.

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