You might think that with Christmas just around the corner now is not the time to think about, let alone talk about, death.
But why? Why is death such a taboo topic in our society still today? It’s something we all experience, usually for the first time when we are in our teens and yet we struggle to open up about how it makes us feel and, most importantly, what we would like to see happen to our bodies after death.
When we first met Paul Wiseall we were enthralled by the mission of his company Death.io. It made perfect sense to us that we should be talking about death, or rather, our deaths. After all, death will come to us all at some point, right?
It might be a depressing thought, something we don’t want to address – but what made us more thoughtful was the fact that most of us have no idea what we want for our funerals. For those of us without a will, without a probate solicitor, there’s nothing outlining our preferences for our belongings, burial, or how our loved ones are cared for.
Some of you may argue that what happens to our body after death doesn’t really matter, but the stress of bereavement can be lessened by knowing that a person’s wishes can be respected. For those of us who haven’t given it some thought, or perhaps have a clear vision which isn’t documented anywhere, we highly recommend using Death.io’s Farewell Wishes.
Farewell Wishes is a short questionnaire asking you to choose the tone of your funeral, what you want to be done with your body, what songs you might want, the future of your social media profiles etc. Having completed the survey ourselves we found it to be thought-provoking and tasteful – a big step away from what you might expect from a questionnaire about your own death!
We worked with Death.io to commission a YouGov survey to discover just what the modern society of UK thinks about death: from becoming a chatbot after death to whether you want to be buried at sea, to what plans you have for your social media after death to whether you want your funeral to be live-streamed.
It’s a fascinating read, but what came across the most was how badly prepared we are for our own deaths.