Let's talk about death

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Our char­ity for older peo­ple has a new cam­paign called ‘We need to talk about death’.

Many peo­ple strug­gle to talk about death and fi­nal wishes and we think it would be help­ful if ev­ery­one could be more open and share their fi­nal wishes ear­lier so their later years can be filled with pos­i­tiv­ity, rather than awk­ward con­ver­sa­tions.

Death is an in­cred­i­bly emo­tive topic and, un­sur­pris­ingly, peo­ple don’t al­ways know how to broach the sub­ject. The older you get, the more aware you be­come of death and, ac­cord­ing to our re­cent re­search, older peo­ple do want to talk about death, but their adult chil­dren of­ten feel un­com­fort­able about it.

We be­lieve it’s re­ally im­por­tant for fam­i­lies to start break­ing the taboo, so they can feel pre­pared for the even­tu­al­i­ties of life, and peo­ple in Scot­land are re­ally im­por­tant in en­abling this con­ver­sa­tion.

You can find out more about In­de­pen­dent Age’s ‘We need to talk about death’ cam­paign, watch our new film and get tips on how to start the con­ver­sa­tion by vis­it­ing in­de­pen­den­t­age.org/TalkAboutDeath, or by search­ing #TalkAboutDeath on Twit­ter.

If you would like to speak to some­one about plan­ning for the end of life or the prac­ti­cal side of cop­ing with a be­reave­ment, call our free helpline on 0800 319 6789. Janet Mor­ri­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive, In­de­pen­dent Age.

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