Happy Sunday – it’s the day of the dead.
January 6 is the most likely day to depart as more people have died on this day than any other since 2005.
An average 1,732 people have died on January 6 between 2005 and 2017, that’s 25% more than the overall daily average of 1,387 deaths per day.
All ten of the most common days to die fall in either the first two weeks or the final week of the year, according to analysis of Office for National Statistics figures.
The most common days to die begin on December 30 and end on January 9 – January 3 is the only day between that isn’t in the top ten.
The cold winter weather is almost certainly a contributing factor, with January typically vying with February as the coldest month of the year.
Immune systems low due to the weather can make people more vulnerable to infections and illnesses that can, in turn, result in fatalities.
By contrast, the research found that July 30 is the least likely day to die at 1,208 deaths on average, 13% lower than the daily average.
This traditionally coincides with warmer weather – July 27 was the hottest day of last year.
James Dunn, co-founder of after life services website Beyond, which carried out the research, said: “It may seem a morbid reality to be confronting so soon after Christmas, but January 6 is our very own ‘Day of the Dead’.
“Often those who are sick and dying will target certain milestones to keep them going, it is unsurprising to see higher numbers for the weeks following Christmas, as the thought of one final festive period helps sustain people until later in month.”
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