“My mum won’t talk about the future – she says it’s not part of our culture.”
Attitudes to talking about the future and issues such as death and dying can vary a lot among different cultural groups.
The ways that decisions are made within families and communities can also vary a lot among cultural groups.
While these cultural differences exist, it is also important to be aware that there are a range of experiences and expectations within each cultural group. This is because of differences in migration experience, education, occupation and individual personality.
Information about planning ahead should be explained in ways that are understandable and relevant.
Use translated material and other culturally appropriate information resources whenever these are available. There are copies of two leaflets about planning ahead in a number of languages available on this website.
It is best if information about planning ahead is provided by a trusted person from within the cultural group.