Dying Matters Awareness Week

Millions of Britons are failing to make adequate plans for their death and don’t know the wishes of their loved ones, according to a new study released by the Dying Matters Coalition. The study found that as many as 83 per cent of Britons are uncomfortable discussing dying and death.

The study also found that more than half of the public who have a partner say they are unaware of their end of life wishes; as few as 36 per cent have a written will; and only 8 per cent have written down their wishes about their future care.

Today marks the beginning of Dying Matters Awareness Week (12 – 18 May) which aims to highlight the importance of having a personal care plan in place to communicate preference and wishes for end of life care.

Alzheimer’s Society comment:

‘As dementia progresses it becomes more difficult for those with the condition to talk about end of life care.

‘With one in three of us developing dementia it is very important to have early discussions with family and friends so that you have the chance to be cared for the way you would like at the end of your life.’

Dr Alison Cook

Director of External Affairs

Alzheimer’s Society