Dying Matters welcomes Demos ‘Dying for Change’ report

16 November 2010
Demos’ Dying for Change report provides further compelling evidence for the need for a national debate about how our society should help people achieve the death they want.

Earlier this month, the Dying Matters Coalition produced evidence that ‘a wall of silence surrounds’ death in England. This taboo prevents a majority of people discussing their own deaths with loved ones and the professionals who can help them most.

Demos’s report was commissioned by Help the Hospices, a Dying Matters Coalition member, and received input from the Dying Matters Coalition. It will be launched by co-author Charles Leadbeater at the Help the Hospices conference on Wednesday.

Congratulating Help the Hospices and Demos, Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“As a society we are not comfortable talking about death and dying – this has been called ‘the last great taboo’ and it is a very serious problem because, as Demos have underlined once again, a significant majority of people say they want to die at home, but a majority of us end our days in a hospital bed.  It is clear this so-called “reserve” of not talking is preventing a large number of people from getting the good death they want.

“We all deserve to live well and die well but two things need to change to help more of us achieve  a good death: firstly, more palliative  and end of life care in primary  care and in all community settings, at home and in care homes, and secondly, a society that is more comfortable talking about death and dying and see dying well as part of a good life.”

To view the full report please click here.

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