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5 of 10 Singaporeans open to planning for death: SMU

This is fewer compared to the 9 of 10 Singaporeans planning for marriage.

A study conducted by the Singapore Management University revealed that five in 10 Singaporeans are open to discussing plans for death. 

The survey, titled “Hatch.Match.Disptach.” involved over 5,186 Singaporeans and were conducted by SMU students. Questions asked revolved around their attitudes towards the circle of life, from birth to marriage to death. 

52% of respondents also found that death was the important life stage, followed by 7% and 4%, marriage and birth, respectively. 

However, this is in direct contrast to the higher percentage of respondents indicating that they would plan for marriage (87%) and birth (93%) compared to those who would plan for death (53%).

This survey was done as a follow-up to one conducted by SMU Senior Lecturer of Statistics Rosie Ching and her lecturers last 2018.

“I believe strongly in the need to educate our younger generation on the need to be prepared for end-of-life affairs, a topic so often swept under the carpet and left unspoken. For we must look at the circle of life as it is: from womb to tomb, cradle to coffin,” said Ching.

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