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How Marie Curie's Talkabout campaign is tackling taboo around death and dying

Early and open conversations with patients and their families can make a huge difference to the end of life experience
Picture shows playing cards created by the charity Marie Curie to help broach the subject of death and dying. Early and open conversations with patients and their families can make a huge difference to the end of life experience.

Early and open conversations with patients and their families can make a huge difference to the end of life experience, says Marie Curie's Julie Pearce

Many people feel uncomfortable talking about dying, death and bereavement, and few plan for the end of life.

Despite death being the one certainty in life, many of us, even those supporting the dying and bereaved, shy away from the topic.

Sometimes we are able to have these conversations at work with patients and carers, but not in our personal lives with our own families.

Avoiding talk about dying or death is a common reaction

Talking about dying or death can bring up many uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, so wanting to avoid it is a common reaction. Yet planning for that

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