20 May 2016
12th May 2016
Responding to a National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) poll for Dying Matter Awareness Week which found that people are more comfortable talking about death than five years ago, Nicole Woodyatt, End of Life Care Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It’s great to see that as a nation we are becoming more comfortable talking about death, after all it is an inevitability we will all face. But it’s worrying that so many people – nearly half – would still struggle to talk about their own death or the death of someone close to them.
“If people don’t let those around them know about their care preferences, for example, where they would prefer to die, or whether there are treatments they know they don’t want to have, it could mean that someone’s important last wishes aren’t fulfilled.
“The importance of this advance care planning was highlighted in an independent review of choice at the end of life in England published last year. The government must step up to the mark and show exactly how it intends to make advance care planning a standard practice in England. For support in advance care planning contact Macmillan, which has a range of resources and trained counsellors who can offer advice.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk