We’re a nation that likes to avoid the subject, according to new research by Funeralcare.
Death is the most difficult thing to talk about, with 11.5 million Brits saying they regretted not talking to their loved ones about it until it was too late.
We asked colleagues from across the business what they thought:
“I think it’s important that we’re open about death and it’s not a taboo subject. When my mum was diagnosed with cancer we felt we didn’t want to talk about it, but it helped. When we did it made me feel I knew what I needed to do if that time ever came. It lifted a weight off my shoulders.”
Jackson Mills, Store Manager
“It’s a seriously good thing for families to talk about death. I used to go to some families’ houses and many were like: ‘I don’t know what my mother wanted’. You do if you have a funeral plan. You know exactly what your mother wanted because it’s there, it’s written down.”
John Hush, a former Funeral director who worked for Funeralcare for 69 years
“My brother dying at the age of six has meant that death has been a constant in our family’s life. Speaking about Nicky daily has been a great comfort to my parents. It’s also helped me and my sisters talk more openly about the subject and given us a better understanding of how important it is to share your feelings with those around you.”
Rachel Machin, Comms Manager
“I’m a very open person and I find that talking about uncomfortable topics always helps to take away any awkwardness. People see death as such a scary topic but it can be approached in a light-hearted way. My boyfriend and I have already discussed what song we’d like to play at our funerals!’’
Charlotte King, Product Lead
To help people talk more openly about death Funeralcare have put together an online guide.