Healthwatch publishes report into end of life choices

Talking about death is still thought of as taboo or difficult and people are confused about how to make their final wishes.
Older man at Healthwatch end of life event

These are among the top findings in a our new report highlighting the choices for people approaching or planning end of life care.

The report, Empowering People at End of Life, showed that people living in Cambridgeshire were:

  • not comfortable talking about death
  • confused by the language and the steps they needed to take
  • turned down by family members who often said it was “too soon” when trying to start end of life conversations. 

People said they want

  • Practical, easy-to-understand information
  • An idea of what to discuss with their partners and families
  • Simple explanations of legal processes and costs.

Next steps

Findings from our report have been shared with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s End of Life working group.

We have also made a list of local resources that empower people at the end of life for our Information Service.

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Easy read version of the End of Life report
Full End of Life report
Summary End of Life report

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