In this morning’s Telegraph, Dr Sentamu calls for people to ‘look death in the eye’, to stop denying it, fearing it and to stop condemning it to a cold hospital ward.
“In evading one of the most important discussion of our lives we lose sight of the fact that a good death is part of a good life,” he said. “Unless we change our reluctance to talk about dying and plan for the future, we are unlikely to be able to die as we would want with dignity, or to support the dying and the bereaved.”
Most of the 500,000 people who die in the UK every year die in hospital beds rather than in the home with loved ones. By hiding death away, we create a culture that doesn’t know how to deal with it.
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