Dying to Know Day (8 August)

Dying to Know Day on the 8th August is an annual campaign that empowers all adult Australians to be strong self-advocates for their own personal planning when it comes to their future.

During August, adults at all stages of life are encouraged to improve their knowledge around choices for their end-of-life and to start their personal planning. This may include considering questions such as:

Your documents

  1. Have you written a will? Is it up to date?
  2. Have your nominated your power of attorney?
  3. Who will be your enduring guardian?
  4. Have you written your advance care directive? (advance personal plan)
  5. Have you heard of an emotional will?
  6. Have your registered your organ and tissue donation wishes and told your family?
  7. If you have children in your care, who will be their legal guardian?
  8. Have you recorded your passwords for all your online accounts and social media profile?
  9. Where do you keep your important documents? Who has access to them?

More information and resources are available from The Groundswell Project website. Information about who can help you with end of life planning support in the NT is available here.  

Your family and friends

  1. Have your discussed your end of life plans with family and and friends?
  2. Who will receive special family items such as photos and treasured heirlooms?
  3. Who will become the guardian of your children and/ or pets?
  4. What do you hope for the people who are around you while you’re dying?
  5. Would you prefer to die at home?
  6. Do you know what you want to say to your family and friends?
  7. What would you like to be said to you in your final days/moments?
  8. Have you told your loved ones what medical interventions you want and do not want?

Starting conversations about end of life planning can be difficult. The Conversation Project offers toolkits and maps out how you can start talking to your friends and family about the ‘big issues’.


Your send off

  1. What type of funeral do you want?
  2. Do you want to be buried, created or something else entirely?
  3. Where do you want to be buried, have your ashes scattered, your bench situated or your tree planted?
  4. What do you want written on your headstone or plaque memorial?
  5. Who would you like to perform the eulogy?
  6. Would you like to write your own obituary?
  7. Do you want to donate to a charity in lieu of flowers or in lieu of anthing else?
  8. The executor has rights to the body, so let them know what you want.
  9. Have you considered ‘Do It Yourself Funerals?’

Information about who can help you with planning funerals in the NT is available here.  

Source: The Groundswell Project
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