good life, good death, good grief

People are unprepared

People are unprepared for the experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

  • Many people are so removed from death that they are unprepared for their own death and the deaths of loved ones
  • Most people don’t make plans for the kind of health care they would want as they approach the end of life, meaning that they are less likely to have the kind of death they would choose
  • In a practical sense people don’t often think about the financial and legal implications of their illness or death for their loved ones and don’t make straightforward legal preparations to minimise distress for their families when they are gone
  • Emotionally, many people are less prepared than they could be for the impact of the deaths of loved ones and for the needs of grieving friends and family
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Bereavement Charter for Scotland