Majority of over 50s concerned about their own mortality following Coronavirus, research shows

10 August 2020

A recent poll has indicated that the coronavirus pandemic has made people over 50 consider their own mortality.

Over 50s concerned about mortality

The survey asked 2,000 people aged 50 and above whether coronavirus had changed their opinions on death and dying, and canvassed views on important issues they would want resolved.

Our recent poll sought to gain an insight into the public’s views on their own mortality in light of the recent pandemic and whether it had made them any more likely to take out a funeral plan as a result. Seniors were asked whether the coronavirus had made them consider their own mortality, with 56% of respondents saying it had, compared to 43% who said it had not. Just 1% of people chose not to provide an answer.

Turning to concerns about death, 566 respondents raised a number of points, but leaving behind their loved ones, particularly children, is a key worry. Death itself is also a concern, with very few appearing comfortable with their own mortality. The importance of organising their financial affairs and, for some, funeral arrangements are also high on their list of things to sort out before they die.

The survey also canvassed respondents’ views on whether they would be more likely to consider a funeral plan in light of coronavirus. Excluding those who already have a funeral plan in place, 16% of men and women over 50 say they would now be more likely to take out a plan. This increases to 19% for respondents aged 55 to 59.

Marketing Manager, Emma Simpson, said: “The poll clearly shows that coronavirus has influenced how people think about their own mortality and the importance of getting their affairs in order in advance to give them peace of mind. A funeral is one of the biggest costs loved ones have to bear. Taking out a pre-paid plan is the ideal way to help reduce this burden and make it easier for families when the times does eventually come.”

Source: OnePoll research of 2,000 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, July 2020.