Let's talk about death

Macmillan is calling for everyone, at whatever stage of life they are, to be prepared for death. Taking small but simple steps, such as figuring out what really matters to you when you die, can help you and your family prepare emotionally, practically and financially so you can get on with living life as fully as you can.

A checklist for the end of life

At Macmillan we believe talking about death can be life changing. Because it frees you to get on with living, knowing that you’ve shared your wishes, and that vital paperwork is sorted and easy to find.

We've put together a checklist to help you start the conversation and make your plans:

  • Write down your wishes for end of life care and treatment
  • Start the conversation with loved ones about the plans for your death
  • Create a list of your must-have experiences before you die
  • Make a will (you could use our Free Will Service)
  • Decide whether you would like to be buried or cremated

Download the full list.

Dying Matters

Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales. It aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019 takes place from Monday 13 May – find out more on the Dying Matters website.