Talking about death and dying

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We should all be empowered to talk about death, ask questions, listen, and be sure of what we and our loved ones would like to happen at the end of our lives. But it is not always easy to have a conversation about death and dying – however, it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Talking about death

We should all feel empowered and confident to talk about death, ask questions, listen, and be sure of what we and our loved ones would like to happen when our time comes.

However, it is not always that easy to have a conversation about death and dying. It can be upsetting and uncomfortable for many of us – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Our aim is to offer support to people to approach and engage in those meaningful exchanges with friends and families, and to demystify the fear and anxiety around death.

Our comprehensive guide on ‘How to Talk About Death and Dying’, and our accompanying Infographic, offer reassurance, support and advice on having those important conversations with our loved ones.

We should also feel confident in asking the right questions, and speaking to organisations and health care professionals, about death and dying. It is all part of ensuring that our choices and wishes are at the forefront of our care and support when our time comes.

We believe that when we are able to face death openly, and approach it peacefully and positively as a natural part of life, we will feel empowered to live our days to the fullest. Talking about death and dying is the first step towards that reality, planning for life, and supporting ourselves and our loved ones.

Resources

A Guide: How to talk about death and dying

This guide is for anyone wanting to have a meaningful conversation about death and dying with their friend or loved one.

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Infographic: How to talk about death and dying

How to talk about death and dying p.1This infographic provides bitesize information about having a conversation about death and is designed to provide useful pointers.

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