Make some life changing New Year’s resolutions this year

29 December 2010
Dying Matters is calling on people to use their New Year’s resolution this year to ensure they get what they really want from life by including resolutions for the five things they want to do before they die and the five things they want to be remembered for.

While goals like stopping smoking, improving diet or getting fit regularly top the lists of New Year’s Resolutions made by millions each year, this year Dying Matters is encouraging people to make resolutions that focus on what we want we really want to do in  life.  

 “None of us know when we are going to go and therefore planning to get the best out of life by thinking now about what the five things are we want to make sure we have done and the five things we would like to be remembered for could make a big difference to how we live now.” Said Hilary Fisher, Director of the Dying Matters Coalition.

 “At the same time as planning that once in a lifetime trip people also need to think about what they would like to happen at the end of life. So with their affairs sorted out they can live to the full in the knowledge they will get the death they want and won’t leave a mess behind for others.” she said.

 With over two thirds of the population not having said what care they want at the end of their lives most of us risk leaving difficult decisions to our loved ones to sort out. That’s why Dying Matters is promoting  ‘bucket list’ cards over the New Year to give people a little prompt. 

 Dying Matters, a 13,800 strong cross sector national coalition of organisations dedicated to combating society’s reluctance to talk about dying, death and bereavement, is encouraging people to write down the five things they want to do before they die and the five things they want to be remembered for this New Year.

Now is the time to fulfil your life resolutions and break the taboo of talking about dying. Dying Matters has produced a range of tools and resources to help, including ‘5 Things’ postcards to download to list your resolutions on. For more information visit:



Dying Matters is a broad based and inclusive national coalition of over 13,800 members, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement.

The Dying Matters Coalition is led by the National Council for Palliative Care with members drawn from a wide range of sectors, including the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors, hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement, the social care and housing sectors, faith organisations, community organisations, schools and colleges, academic bodies, trade unions, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

More than 500,000 people die in England each year. Heart failure and stroke are the biggest killers. One in four people in the UK will die of cancer. With an increasingly ageing population the majority of older people will be living with a number of conditions. For example, around 30% of people over the age of 85 with cancer will also have dementia.

Research conducted for Dying Matters by the National Centre for Social Research recently has revealed that only 29% of people have talked about their wishes at end of life, only 4% have a written plan about them and only 11% have a funeral plan.  Currently, while 70% of people say they want to die at home, 58% die in hospital.

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