Research shows that:
These are worrying facts.
For many of us, talking about death and funerals is difficult. However, knowing that someone understands our wishes for when we die can be comforting. It also helps the people who will be making the necessary arrangements as organising the details is easier.
Here are our top tips for opening the difficult topic of dying, and what to discuss:
Starting the conversation
Details to consider
The key wishes to start with are:
Then, the finer details can be discussed, such as:
We should all think of our will, funeral and how we would like to be remembered. It’s essential, although sometimes uncomfortable, to talk through these details. It’s a time to be open and honest as well as sensitive.
Once you’ve started the conversation, you may find that discussing dying is easier than you think. Overall, it’s reassuring to know that your loved ones understand your wishes. Have you told anyone how you would like to be remembered?