Talking about illness, death or financial problems is never easy. In fact these three things are what the nation as a whole avoid talking about the most according to research from Co-op Funeralcare.
However difficult these conversations are, they are some of the most valuable ones to have. At times the cost of not talking about these issues is far greater, with more than a fifth of us regretting not having a conversation about death and dying with a loved one who has since passed away.
The biggest regrets among us Brits include not telling someone how much they mean to us before they passed away (66%), not apologising for something before it was too late (24%), failing to resolve a rift (22%) and not talking about funeral plans and wishes (17%).
Personally, I know how important it is to have these tough conversations having experienced loss. With over half of us admitting we avoid difficult conversations, it may seem like there’s never a good time to have these conversations, but it can be easier than you think.
I’m partnering with the Co-op today to encourage you to start a conversation with friends and family, to approach these topics, plan ahead and to make your wishes known. Simply talking to a loved one in a way you know they’ll understand and making sure you’ve got enough time is the best approach.
It’s not easy talking about death, but if you know your own wishes and you tell your loved ones about them now, it can make things much easier for those who care about you at what is already a really sad time.
The fact that almost a third of people feel like Britain has a problem talking about death compared to other nations means we need to start opening up. To help, Co-op Funeralcare has compiled an online guide to help people approach these discussions. Visit coop.co.uk/funeralcare.