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Despite technological advances in health care, physicians and family members still have trouble talking candidly about what dying well means, and what their loved ones want when their time comes. And yet no one thought to actually survey the very elderly (those older than 95) on their feelings about death until recently, when researchers at the University of Cambridge surveyed 33individuals over 95 on their attitudes towards dying.
The very elderly often accept that the end is near, and have plenty to say about how they want it to go.
Some of the responses were rather poignant. Many of their peers had
already passed, leading some of the participants to question why they were
still alive. Most of those interviewed also expressed that they were “waiting for [death] to happen.”