The last words of the dying to their loved ones are most often advice about relationships, according to a new poll.
The survey of 2,198 people who had lost a relative in the last year found 83 per cent had been given advice of some kind, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Relationships were the most common subject of conversation (62 per cent), following by careers (56 per cent), family (43 per cent) and education (39 per cent).
Twenty-nine per cent of those surveyed said the deceased person had wanted them to be happy, with 17 per cent saying they were told to live life without regret.
However six per cent said they had been essentially taught a lesson and 21 per cent were told to put right past mistakes.
A spokesman for Perfect Choice Funerals, which carried out the survey, said: “Many look to give some final pieces of advice to their family before they pass away and to do this because they want their loved one to be happy.
“Relationship advice is very common in this situation, as we have seen from our research. This is the final chance to let your loved one know what you think and many take the opportunity to share their thoughts.”
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies