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Singapore releases 1st survey on death attitudes
Updated: 2009-04-08 09:08

SINGAPORE -- A recent survey showed that Singaporeans' top three fears about death are being a burden to one's family, medical cost and pain, local media reported on Friday.

According to TV broadcaster Channel Newsasia, the above results were revealed in Singapore's first ever survey on death attitudes, which was commissioned by the Lien Foundation and polled 800 people island wide between the ages of 25 and 59 from October 2008 to January 2009.

The survey also showed that eight in 10 respondents said they knew that hospices provide care for the terminally ill, but only two in 10 are open to the idea of being in a hospice so that they can receive adequate care.

Six in 10 respondents said they are comfortable talking about their own death, but they are not comfortable talking about death or dying to someone who is terminally ill, the report added.