Discussing dying and making end-of-life plans remain taboo for many people across the UK, the Dying Matters Coalition has said.
A new poll conducted by the coalition of care organisations found only 21% of Britons have discussed their end-of-life wishes with somebody.
Four-fifths of the public believe people in Britain are uncomfortable discussing dying and death.
Only one-third said they had written a will and 29% said they had let a loved one know about their funeral wishes.
A separate poll of 1000 family doctors found one- quarter had not initiated conversations with their patients about their end-of-life wishes.