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Death is still the final taboo

Death is the biggest conversational taboo in the UK even though two out of every three people has lost a close family member or friend in the last three years, according to research by Norwich Union.

People in the North-west found death easiest to talk about, with only 12 per cent saying it is a taboo, compared to 24 per cent of Londoners.

For 16 to 24-year-olds, talking about Tony Blair and politics generally is the only thing more taboo than talking about death.

The survey comes as Norwich Union is donating £90,000 to Cruse Bereavement Care, the UK&#39s biggest organisation helping and supporting the bereaved.

The Norwich Union donation will allow the charity to recruit a full-time member of staff and train 10 volunteers to work on its helpline and respond to calls. Norwich Union is also giving a further £10,000 in sponsorship of the charity&#39s publication Cruse News.

NU spokesman David Czerwinski says: “The Oxford English Dictionary definition of taboo is something that is avoided or prohibited, especially by social custom and that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to talking about death.

“With nearly a third of people feeling there is not adequate support in place for those who suffer bereavement, we are delighted to be supporting Cruse Bereavement Care and helping getting their message across.”


HBOS investment operation launches today

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Big two finance unions to start merger talks

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Derbyshire launches ten-year fixed rate mortgage

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India budget: BJP focuses on growth

By Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities

With markets kept open on Saturday, finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a promising budget focused on growth and decentralisation. While many complained about a six-day working week, there was much to be pleased about and the markets rallied in the afternoon to finish in the green.


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