Although around a third of us think about death or dying at least once a week, most people find it hard to talk about. Not just with family and friends, but also with the doctors and healthcare professionals that care for us at the end of life.
Explore The Departure Lounge to discover what a good death has meant for others, and to think about what it might mean for you.
Have you thought about what is most important to you at the end of life?
How would you like to be cared for in your final days?
“As you get closer to death, everyday things like eating, breathing and moving get harder and your world gets increasingly small, but there is still opportunity to live the life you have, for retaining your identity and for finding closure. You don’t have to stop being who you are just because you are dying. If those around you know what brings you joy, family, doctors, nurses and care staff can find ways to help you experience it up until the very end of your life”
Professor Dame Jessica Corner FMedSci, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nottingham
Have you made any plans to ensure your wishes are known?
Have you decided who will speak on your behalf if you cannot?
“Most of us will have some choice about how we die. But at some stage, you’re going to lose your capacity to make those decisions, so you need to decide in advance. Making this decision early makes it much easier for your family because they will not be left with difficult decisions”
Professor Sir Doug Turnbull FMedSci, Professor of Neurology, Newcastle University