Uni death expert warns of crisis as baby-boomers reach old age

Mar 10, 2011

An expert in death studies at the University of Bath is warning that Britain is not prepared for the death of the post-war baby-boomers.

Dr Kate Woodthorpe, from the University’s Centre for Death & Society, says that by 2030 there will be an extra 100,000 people dying a year, a 17 per cent rise in current figures.

She said: “We are not prepared for it and it is becoming increasingly apparent that many people have not given enough thought to the cost of support towards the end of life.

“If these people don’t have savings or assets to sell to pay for their care then it’s the State that has to pay for it. This is before funeral costs and burial/cremation fees – which we know are rising across the country – have been factored in. If someone has no assets these costs have to be picked up by the local authority or NHS.”

According to the Office for National Statistics around 35 per cent of people in Britain currently have no savings.

“We are approaching a time when the post-war are coming to the end of their lives and support from the State is being scaled back. The cost of dying, funerals and dispersement is a potential minefield,” said Dr Woodthorpe.

“People are living longer and often need support for longer. All this is happening at a time when the rate will start to rise.

“What happens to people who die and have no assets?”

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5 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2011
Soylent Green! Finally, we will have a source!
3 / 5 (2) Mar 11, 2011
There is a simple solution to this problem. Not easy but simple.

Start researching anti-aging. Ignore the silly ignorance claims that aging is inevitable and start finding solutions.

Mar 11, 2011
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3 / 5 (2) Mar 12, 2011
Soylent Green! Finally, we will have a source!

Logan's Run is more appropriate.
1 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2011
"Promession works by gently preserving the body in a biological form. This is done by freeze drying the deceased and returning it to the soil in an organic, clean form. "
not rated yet Mar 13, 2011
>Logan's Run is more appropriate.<

Why pftzzz those bodies ... so full of nutriment!
not rated yet Mar 14, 2011
If more people visited My Last Song website they would be supported and encouraged to plan for their demise in a positive way. Better to do it now before it's too late...you only die once.
not rated yet Mar 14, 2011
...you only die once."

Is that a theory??? Or are you absolutely certain...
not rated yet Mar 15, 2011
Songster may not die only once but I have a suspicion that he will post only once.