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TV gets people talking about death

TV can be a useful in getting people to talk about their own funeral choices, according to research commissioned by Co-op Funeralcare.

With almost a third of Brits admitting to struggling to talk about death, TV shows – particularly soap operas and medical dramas – play an important role in prompting them to tackle the issue.

Almost a quarter said they’d started to talk about the prospect of a loved one’s death or a serious health condition with those close to them after watching similar situations on screen.

Emmerdale’s vicar Ashley Thomas’s battle with dementia and subsequent on-screen death, was the most recent scenario to get people talking, but other soap character deaths that have made an impact include the sudden deaths of EastEnders’ Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell, and the more gentle ones of Jack and Vera Duckworth on Coronation Street.

David Collingwood, Head of Operations for Co-op Funeralcare, said: “We want to break the taboo surrounding death by encouraging people to have a conversation about their wishes for later life now, before it is too late.”

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