70% of us want to Kick the Bucket like Jack Duckworth

8 November 2010
Around 70% of us would prefer to die in our own homes just like Coronation Street stalwart Jack Duckworth according to research for the Dying Matters Coalition.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of NCPC and Dying Matters said:

“Jack Duckworth’s death is a great example to us all of how to plan for and make sure people can die in the way they would wish. After more than 30 years on the Street Jack Duckworth is a true hero to fans and the way he has faced his own death is fittingly inspirational. Like many of us, Jack initially tried to avoid talking about the fact he was dying but he came to realise that, without good communication, dying can be a lonely, stressful experience but that by being open about dying he could have the death he wanted, where he wanted.

“With the help of friends, Jack took control - whether that be through the frank discussions he’s had with friends and family, the ‘to do list’ he created and acted upon or his farewell party. His final poignant moments, dying in the chair that his wife died in, only happened because he was clear about his wishes and told the right people before it was too late.

“Coronation Street deserves praise for the sensitive way they have brought these issues to light. So let’s hope that the way Jack has confronted death helps stimulate conversations across Britain that ultimately means more of us get to die in the way we would wish for.”

Despite the fact most of us want to die at home over 60% of people in the UK die in a hospital bed. Dying Matters research shows that only 25% of men (29% of men and women) have told anyone about even basic details such as their funeral arrangements so Jack Duckworth’s ‘to do list’; his farewell party and his clear wishes over where he wanted to die are three practical steps most of us could learn from to help us take control of our own deaths. 

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Notes to Editors

  1. The ‘around 70%’ figure (68%) and the 25% of men (29% of men and women) not talking about their funeral arrangements come from a NATCEN survey of 1,375 people in home interviews across all regions of England, Scotland and Wales were undertaken based on a representative sample of the population between July and September 2009.
  2. 60% of people die in a hospital bed according to the current Department of Health End of Life Care strategy 2008.
  3. The Dying Matters Coalition (www.dyingmatters.org) has been established to help transform public attitudes towards dying, death and bereavement in England. The Dying Matters Coalition, which has over 12,000 members, believes that promoting greater openness and communication are the first steps towards helping people exercise greater choice at end of life. To find out more about what Dying Matters is doing to promote greater openness around dying, death and bereavement, visit: www.dyingmatters.org.

The comments in this release represent the views of the Dying Matters Coalition and do not necessarily reflect the views of member organisations.

For media enquiries about Dying Matters please contact. For press enquiries please contact Matt or Kate in the DMC Media Team - 020 7618 9102

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