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Let's Talk About Death - survey results

16 July, 2020

We asked you whether you thought talking about death was hard, and what tools could make the conversation easier. Here's what you told us.

The Let’s Talk About Death mini-survey in April revealed some interesting things – not the least that death may not be the ’taboo’ subject we once believed.

From the 1,023 submissions we received, 83% of you said talking about death was either easy and conversations had already taken place (42%) or not easy but necessary (41%). Only 16 (1.5%) of respondents thought the subject was way too hard and they would never touch it.

Some 14% said it was hard, and could do with some help.

results: Starting a conversation about death

The resources you would most like to see created to help with end-of-life conversations included fact sheets (23%), a dedicated website (18%) and workbooks with information (12.5%). How-to videos, apps and conversations starter cards were less popular, each receiving around 8% support.

 

On the subject of what topics you’d most like to see information about, voluntary assisted dying was the clear preference, followed by advance care planning, power of attorney and medical treatment options.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questionnaire. Your responses will help us create our next generation of tools and resources. Your ongoing engagement and feedback is essential for us to fulfill our mission to improve the national conversation around death and dying, in particular the need for kinder, more compassionate end-of-life choices.

 

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