Would you want to know how and when you'll die?

08 October 2015

Our recent research looks in to how the British public would feel about finding out details about their death.

Would you want to know how and when you'll die

The survey we conducted revealed that the majority of Britons would find out details about their death if it was an option. If given the choice, 64% of respondents would find out the date of their death, whilst 51% would find out the cause of their death.

We polled 2,946 British adults during the study, all were aged 18 or over, with an even number of male and female respondents. The study was conducted as part of ongoing research into the British public’s attitude towards death.

Initially, all participants were asked 'If you had the choice, would you want to find out the date of your death?' A majority of 64% indicated that they would want to find out the date of their death, with only 26% of people saying they did not want to. The rest were unsure.

Next, all respondents were asked whether they would like to find out how they would die, if it were possible. 51% of the respondents admitted that they would like to find out the cause of their death, with 28% revealing that they would not. 21% were unsure.

Respondents who said they would want to know the cause and date of their death if this were possible, were then asked to reveal the reason(s) why. The top five results were:

  1. I want to try and avoid my death – 29% 
  2. I want to make the most of my remaining time – 24% 
  3. I want to complete my bucket list –19% 
  4. I want to change the way I live – 16% 
  5. Out of pure curiosity – 7%

Finally, when relevant respondents were questioned about whether they would tell their loved ones how and when they would die, 78% said they would not disclose the details to others. The rest said that they would tell others the details about their death.

It’s completely understandable that Britons want to find out how and when they will pass away, either from pure curiosity or to make changes or simply to make the most of the time they have left. If someone found out that they would die in a few years they might consider quitting their job and doing all the things they dream of doing such as taking that special trip, moving to another location or taking up a new hobby.

This is an important lesson in making sure you live life to the full and enjoy every moment. You never know what might happen, so do what makes you happy and surround yourself with the important people in your life.