While death could be a pain-free event, people are most worried about loved ones being in pain or frightened in the final hours or minutes of life, says a poll that suggests most people know nothing about dying. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that topic remains taboo for some, said the survey. About 60 per cent of the people feel they know little or nothing about the final hours of life, showed the survey of around 1,000 British adults. “It is striking that six in 10 people feel they know very little or nothing about what happens to a person at the end of life, despite half of people having been with someone when they died,” said Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Britain. “Not knowing what may happen to a loved one as they die can exacerbate fears at the hardest times of our life. It may also mean that people struggle to think clearly about how best to fulfil the wishes of a dying family member or friend, let alone know what to ask doctors and nurses,” Lechler said. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that the topic remains taboo for some, said the survey released recently. The poll also revealed that those who know at least a little about what happens at the end of life are as likely to get their information about what happens at the end of life from documentaries as they are from medical professionals. Interestingly, information from films, dramas and soaps (16 per cent) also falls in the top five sources of information.