Britons now consider religion and spiritual needs as the least important factor as they reach the end of their lives.
Religious faith is declining rapidly in the western world as many turn away from the idea of a superior being and turning to God before they die.
About 33 per cent of Britons said their deaths are hopefully pain-free. Some 17 per cent said they would want to have their friends and family along with them. Some have singled out that retaining their dignity before their death is their goal. About 60 per cent said that religion or having a priest alongside their death is important to them upon their death.
About one in eight older people said they wished to live forever.
The survey by “Dying Matters”, a coalition of 16,000 hospices, charities, care homes and others working with people about to end their life, indicate that most Britons think death is still a taboo.
However, they also indicate the a vast amount of people have their willingness to face death in spite of many individuals not talking about it.
Local churches, including the Church of England are launching drives to encourage worshippers and those who visit churches to discuss death and dying.