Are you reluctant to plan for the inevitable?
We recently revealed the results of our Biggest Ever Survey into death, dying and bereavement, where over 30,000 people in the UK told us their views and experiences. The survey aimed to tackle the last big taboo of our time: talking about death.
We found out that over a quarter of us don’t talk about death to our friends and family because we don’t want them to worry, but is this reluctance to face the inevitable, harmful to them in the long run? By not talking about it, we may be leaving our loved ones unsure about our wishes, which in turn leaves them feeling unprepared to make important decisions when the time comes.
A big discovery of our survey was that 81% of people in the UK have not saved a penny towards their funeral costs, despite us having a good awareness of the cost, with people thinking it is £3750 on average. Interestingly this figure drops when looking at people over the age of 70, with only half (51%) of them saying they’ve yet to save for their funeral costs.
It may feel natural to be more comfortable talking about death as we get older, and our survey results certainly reflect this view. We found that people between the ages of 60 & 79 were the most comfortable talking about death.
To find out how your views compare to those of the nation, take a look at the full report on our Biggest Ever Survey results here.
Do you want to tackle the taboo and start the conversation with your loved ones? We have some really helpful tips on how to broach the subject on our website. You could also think about taking out a funeral plan as this is a great way to start thinking of what you want and then in turn talk to your loved ones about it.
If you’re interested in taking out one of our plans, we’re offering all Silversurfers subscribers a £150 discount* using the code SURF150. Apply online, or call our customer support team on 0800 389 8377, Monday – Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm.
*Total discount includes the online discount and promotional discount.
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