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We need to talk about death

It’s the one true certainty of life but, being such a polite lot, we’re so terribly awkward about it.

At Independent Age, we want to end this deathly silence. Here, we provide advice, information and stories to help you start the conversation.

Bereavement campaign film stillWatch our short film
Find out more about our campaign to get people talking about death, dying and bereavement.
Geoff walking his dog in the gardenKnowing I’m dying has some advantages
Geoff, 93, describes his feelings after being diagnosed with terminal cancer
Sheila's wedding dayAt 79 I lost my soulmate, but I found something I’d never had before
Sheila describes how her husband’s sudden death forced her to overcome her own limitations.
Man and woman talking in parkFive tips for starting a conversation about death
It’s not always easy to discuss death with an older relative. This advice will help.
Woman and older man sitting on sofaTalking about death
Read stories and advice from older people, their families, Independent Age staff and others on the benefits and challenges of talking about death.
Alison and GeoffreyI thought Dad was going to live forever
Alison, 53, opens up about her father’s terminal illness.
Cover of Coping with bereavement guideCoping with bereavement
Order or download our award-winning free guide.
Cover of Planning for the end of life guidePlanning for the end of life
Order or download our popular free guide.
Woman walking away down the roadThings to talk about before someone dies
The practical things to consider when a loved one is dying.
Cover of Good Grief reportGood grief
Read our research report on older people's experiences of partner bereavement.
Younger man and older man sitting on a benchTalking about end of life planning
Things to broach when talking about the future.