Dying need to make a wish list

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PEOPLE in the North East risk missing out on having their end-of-life wishes met.

New research for Dying Matters Awareness Week found that although a third in the region think about dying and death weekly, discussing dying and making end-of-life plans remains a taboo for many

More than two-thirds in the North East agreed that people are uncomfortable discussing death and bereavement.

Also, 83 per cent would be concerned about what would happen to their family after their death and 40 per cent said they could not afford the funeral if someone close to them died tomorrow.

However, just 26 per cent have asked a family member about their end of life wishes and 36 per cent have talked to someone about their own end-of-life wishes.

Eve Richardson, of the Dying Matters Coalition, said: “We want as many people as possible to discuss their end of life wishes and take small actions such as registering to become an organ donor, writing a will or making an effort to speak to anyone they know nearing their end of their life.”