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Hospice UK / Dying Matters – Are We Ready April 2019 Survey

If they had just 12 months to live, over half of British adults say that organising financial and practical matters (56%) or going on a trip or having an experience they have always wanted to do (54%) are among the things they would most want to do.

  • If they had just 12 months to live, over half of British adults say that organising financial and practical matters (56%) or going on a trip or having an experience they have always wanted to do (54%) are among the three things they would most want to do so that they felt ready to die. Around one third of people say they would revisit people or places they haven’t seen in a long time (33%) or decide where they’d like to be when they die and what’s needed for that to happen (31%).
  • Two thirds (68%) of British adults say that leaving behind happy memories for family/friends is one of the three things they would most like to leave behind after they die, by far the most frequently selected option among respondents. One in three people say they want to leave behind items of sentimental value (34%) or organ donation (33%), while three in ten say they would like to leave behind financially valuable possessions (31%) or money/financial investments (31%).
  • One in three British adults say they have written a will (34%) or are registered to become an organ donor or have an organ donor card (33%). A quarter (25%) say they have talked to someone about their funeral wishes, while one in five have talked to someone about their own end of life wishes (18%) or have asked a family member about their end of life wishes (17%).

Date Published: 03/05/2019

Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: Hospice UK / Dying Matters

Methodology

ComRes interviewed 2,025 British adults aged 18+ online from 12th and 14th April 2019.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of Great British adults by age, gender, region and social grade. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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