There are some topics of conversation that are much harder to have than others – and new research has just revealed that death, illness and financial problems are the most difficult of them all for us here in the UK.
Carried out by Co-op Funeralcare, the study revealed that the conversations people dread having are telling someone a relative has died, telling someone about a life-limiting illness, or consoling someone after a loved one has passed away.
So hard are these conversations in fact that 17 per cent admit that they avoided telling a friend or family member that someone had died, while 20 per cent avoided telling a loved one about a life-threatening illness.
“Many of us are avoiding talking about the important topics because we feel they are too difficult to broach. While they are often emotive subjects, just think about how many issues could be resolved if we tackled them face-to-face?” head of operations with the company David Collingwood said.
It’s important to remember that you might well end up with a fair few regrets if you do put off having difficult chats with friends and family. Some 66 per cent of people said they regretted not telling someone how much they meant to them before they died, while 24 per cent regretted not saying sorry for something before it was too late.
It’s not always easy to talk about death and dying – but when you don’t, it can increase feelings of loneliness, isolation and distress. There are lots of resources online to help you gain a greater understanding of how to talk to people, so if this is something you’re concerned about perhaps start there.
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