RECENT media stories on new research by Macmillan Cancer Support shows the pain of not planning for death can leave bereaved loved ones experiencing emotional, financial and/or practical issues as a result of not knowing all of the deceased’s wishes.

Almost one in four (23 per cent) people recently bereaved did not know all of the deceased’s wishes and have experienced one or more emotional, financial or practical issues as a result.

Issues included being unsure if the funeral was what the person would have wanted (19 per cent), emotional distress over not knowing what their wishes were (14 per cent) and having to front unexpected financial costs following the death (9 per cent).

We are therefore urging people to consider their loved ones as well as themselves by talking to them about death and starting to make the practical arrangements to help ensure their wishes are carried out.

Tanya Humphreys

Macmillan North West England