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End Of Life Decisions Are Still Difficult To Talk About

A recent survey has shown that the majority of people are still uncomfortable with talking about end of life decisions. That includes anything from writing their will, to discussing its contents, to talking about what might happen if they developed a terminal illness, or even if they were killed suddenly in an accident. The problem with not discussing these issues is that they do still happen – people will always die – and if their wishes have not been talked about and contingency plans are not in place to help with finances, family, even businesses, then all kinds of difficult problems can arise.

These problems would not exist if a will had been written, the contents discussed, and end of life care plans been put in place.

We can all understand why these things are not topics of everyday conversation, but perhaps they should be. Perhaps we all need to stop worrying about making others feel uncomfortable and start to talk about death more. After all, it is inevitable, and by talking about it, we can normalise it. This can have a hugely positive impact on those who are left behind both in terms of how they grieve and also in practical terms. They will know how to log into online banking, for example, or which direct debits need to be changed or stopped. They will know what happens with the mortgage or rent, and will know about any life insurance policies you have in place.

It may be an uncomfortable thing to discuss, but it is also essential.

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