People don’t know a lot about death and dying, and that can create big financial problems

It kills some people to talk about death.

Some 60% of people say they know very little about death, and they’re just as likely to get their information about the end of life from movies and TV dramas as they are from medical professionals, according to a new poll by the U.K.-based Academy of Medical Sciences and market research company Ipsos MORI.

Fictionalized versions of death can be misleading.

Unfortunately, fictionalized versions of death can be misleading, said Lesley Fallowfield, a professor of psychooncology at the University of Sussex. “TV and films rarely ever depict ‘normal’ deaths. For many individuals, death is a gentle, peaceful and pain-free event.

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