Fact #3 Of Those Who Know They are Dying, Only 25% Will Have Spoken to Their Families About Their Wishes

It's time to talk about death so we're continuing to share facts that you need to know about death in line with our Ten Things Workshops. Today we look at Fact Number Two. 

It is interesting to consider this statistic, isn’t it?

This is one of the facts that create a lot of discussion in the group. Why don’t we talk to our families? What are the barriers and what are we waiting for?

The conversation tends to go in two directions, first that people facing terminal illness don’t want to be seen as “giving up”, and similarly our close family and friends don’t want to cause upset and add to an already stressful experience.

Discussion also shifts into the “battle” discourse that exists around cancer and disease. That we must all “fight” and “battle” at the end of life. This language even makes it difficult for some healthcare professionals to talk about planning for end-of-life.

So how do you start? At The 10 Things You Need to Know About Death workshop we start with your values:

What is meaningful to you?
What do you want for yourself?
Do you know all your option?
What support and care is available to you and your family?

Here’s some Recommended reading in the meantime:

The Trouble With Medicine's Metaphors

Want to see what else you need to know about Death?

Attend one of our “Ten things you need to know about death” workshops.

While it may seem scary to think about your own mortality, becoming death literate and building your capacity for end-of-life planning can help create healthier community attitudes about death.

The 10 Things Workshops will teach you what you don’t know about death; allowing you to set aside your fears of having ‘the conversation’ and walk away knowing how to plan your end of life the way you want to.

At the Groundswell Project’s 10 Things Workshops you will walk away with ten facts about death that will impact you and your loved ones.


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