A rare study of attitudes to death and dying amongst the very old has been published by members of the PCU (Morag Farquhar and Stephen Barclay) and collaborators (Dr Jane Fleming, Dept. of Public Health) in the PLOS ONE journal.
“Now so many more people have reached a great age before they die, it’s important we know about their views and their concerns, particularly in relation to end-of-life care,” says Dr Morag Farquhar.
One son-in-law describes his elderly mother-in-law giving a long-life light bulb to her granddaughter, saying: “Something for you, it’s not worth me having”
Link to full article on the University Research Pages: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/its-not-worth-me-having-a-long-life-lightbulb-attitudes-to-death-among-the-very-old
Link to the PLOS ONE Journal (OPEN ACCESS) here : http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0150686