Do you know how would you spend your last day on Earth?
Most people do, apparently. According to a survey carried out for the Sue Ryder charity, 94% of people know exactly how they’d like to end their lives.
Three in five (59%) wanted to spend their last day on Earth in a familiar environment – either their home or a place of worship. And 24% said they’d head straight to the seaside!
Unfortunately, this isn’t close to reality
However, according to Sue Ryder. “The reality is that their last day would likely take place in a hospital, a hospice or at home.”
Preferences varied between sexes, with 24% of women wanting to spend their last day with a pet – double the proportion of men.
And while 8% of men said they’d spend the day alone, only half as many women said they’d do the same.
The results of the survey, which polled 2,000 people across the UK, were published in a report entitled “A Better Death – how to plan the end of life you want”.
70% of people haven’t discussed death with their loved ones
The report has a serious message too. It reveals that 70% of people haven’t discussed death with their loved ones, showing that there’s still a stigma around it.
And only 5% of people had made an advance care plan – a document outlining someone’s preferences for end of life care.
“We want to encourage everybody to talk about their plans with those close to them. Knowing what our wishes are, and being able to support us in fulfilling them, can bring great comfort to family and friends,” said Sue Ryder chief executive Heidi Travis.
One aspect of end-of-life that’s easy to plan is a funeral.
If you buy a funeral plan, you can not only lock into today’s prices but specify your wishes for everything from readings to hymns and dress codes.