Today, at the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week (18-24 May), the Dying Matters Coalition publishes new ComRes research looking at public attitudes towards death, dying and people’s end of life wishes.
Commenting on this, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, National Director for Hospice Care at Hospice UK, said:
"As this survey indicates, talking about death, dying and bereavement is still very difficult for Britons. As a society we need to be more open about these issues, so that more people can plan ahead, live well when time is short and have their end of life wishes fulfilled.
“Failing to confront the reality of death early on can cause considerable and unnecessary distress for the families and friends of people facing the end of life when they are left to pick up the pieces.
"Hospices are actively challenging taboos around death and dying in different ways including outreach work in their local communities, educational projects with schools and innovations such as death cafes.
“The Dying Matters survey also highlights how for the vast majority of people quality of life is more important than how long they live for. Hospices place a high premium on the quality of life and wellbeing of terminally ill people, supporting them to live as fully as possible for the precious time they have left.”
Notes to Editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews
- The sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 18-24 May. Dying Matters members across the country will be hosting events and activities including: death cafes, arts events and discussion groups www.dyingmatters.org/events.