Cancer patient Steve Evans on death and dying
13 May 2013 Last updated at 07:24 BST
Death is still a subject not everyone is happy to discuss, according to research from the Dying Matters Coalition.
The study shows that although 70% of the public have said they are comfortable talking about death, most of us have not done anything to discuss our end of life wishes or put plans in place.
The charity warns that people risk not getting appropriate end of life care, making it harder for their families to deal with bereavement.
BBC Breakfast spoke to Steve Evans, who was forced to face his mortality when he was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
John Maguire reports.