Sudden and unexpected death may have many consequences but the most immediate may be that a loved one’s wishes are unknown and a bereaved family are left to manage as best they can.
Sudden death – is it unusual?
Many of us believe we will have plenty of time to let our family know our wishes before we die however this belief may not be correct.
According to a study in the US by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 death from unintentional injury accounts for the majority of deaths in under 44 year olds, and in the UK ROSPA record that 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK every year.
As such, the very nature of deaths caused by accidents or “unintentional injury” indicates that a large proportion of deaths are in fact sudden. This is particularly apparent in younger age groups who may not have started to plan for unexpected death.
We encounter frequently situations where death has been a sudden and unexpected event; unforeseen injury whether by RTA/other event or a medical accident can plunge a family into chaos.
Why plan ahead?
The problem of not knowing a loved ones wishes or beliefs for a funeral at an already difficult time may lead to extra strain.
It may be of comfort to those you leave behind that they know exactly how to say goodbye.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can plan today – continue the #Bigconversation.