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Why talking about dying is important

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Without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family. Dying people and their families can experience a tremendous sense of isolation and can feel shut out of social circles and distanced from their communities.

A lack of conversation is perhaps the most important reason why peoples’ wishes go ignored or unfulfilled; if we do not know how to communicate what we want, and those around us do not know how to listen, it is almost impossible to express a clear choice.

It has been said that what we fear most about dying is the associated loss of control. By empowering patients to express their wishes, that control can be restored.

The Dying Matters Coalition believes that promoting openness and communication are the first steps to achieving this. They are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around death and dying, and aim to encourage a greater willingness to engage on death and bereavement issues.

Key Facts

  • 81% of people have not written down any preferences around their own death, and only a quarter of men (25%) and just over one in three women (35%) across England have told anyone about the funeral arrangements they would like to have after they die.
  • 56 -70% of people would prefer to die at home, yet of the 500,000 people who die each year in England, 58% die in hospitals.
  • Nearly two-thirds of people (60%) have not written a Will including a quarter (25%) of over-65s.

The source for the feature above is www.dyingmatters.org

At Crombie Wilkinson we firmly believe in the importance of making a Will and keeping it updated as your circumstances change over time. We appreciate that some people do not want to think about dying but it is important that your wishes are planned for and known by the people closest to you.

You can talk to a member of our Private Client team in confidence at any of our three offices.

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