Engage

How do you have a conversation about death or dying? How do you support people who are grieving? Have you made your own wishes known?
Engage asks you to go deeper into the questions that inform end of life decisions.

Conversations about death

Grief

Dying to Talk

Dying to Talk

Discussion starter

What things are important to you at the end-of-life? The Dying to Talk Discussion Starter will guide you through that discussion. “It will help you prepare, so that you know what you want to say and it will provide you with tips about how to start talking.”

Raising Children

Raising Children

Death: how to talk about it with children

Ideas for talking to children about death (ages 3-8)
Dying Matters

Dying Matters

Talking about death and dying

A helpful site that gives ideas for starting discussions about death and tips on how to listen well.
St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University

The art of dying well

A resource that addresses what it means to die well, how to talk about death, bereavement and caring for the dying.
Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia

Understanding grief

Information on how we grieve and how you can help those who are grieving.

Grieflink

Grieflink

Strategies for coping with grief

Useful strategies and ideas for self care.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Fact sheets

A series of fact sheets on grief available for free download. Includes: “About grief”, “How to help someone who is grieving”, “Grief, anniversaries and significant events”, “Children and grief”, and “Bereavement in the workplace.”

Palliative Care

Practical Support

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is about more than nursing a dying person. Palliative care involves providing comfort and helping people live the best that they can in the time they have left. It can involve care at home, in the hospital, in hospice and in an aged care setting. This site provides helpful information about palliative care and free downloadable brochures.

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia

Asking questions

A question list to “help you get the information you want about palliative care and your illness.”

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia

Dispelling myths about palliative care

Six videos to dispel myths about palliative care.
Dying Matters

Dying Matters

Being with someone when they die

Cancer Council

Cancer Council

Providing emotional support

A list of ideas on how to support someone who is dying.  Some ideas include: sitting with the person and holding her hand, applying lip balm, reading a book, and gently massaging the hands and feet with lotion.

ABC Life

ABC Life

Do I bring food or flowers?

Advice on what to do and what to say.

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning gives you the opportunity to plan for what you want and do not want if you become unable to communicate your wishes for end-of-life-care.

 

Dying to Talk

Dying to Talk

Discussion starter online card game

This is an online tool that prompts you to choose what is very important, somewhat important, or not important at the end of your life.  It raises ideas that you may not have considered.  You can then save it as a pdf and print it.

Advance Care Planning NSW

Advance Care Planning NSW

Step 1

Visit this page to learn about Advance Care Planning for NSW.

Advance Care Planning NSW

Advance Care Planning NSW

Step 2

Think about who your substitute decision maker or enduring guardian would be if you were not able to speak for yourself.  To appoint someone, you should fill out an Appointment of Enduring Guardianship form.

Advance Care Planning NSW

Advance Care Planning NSW

Step 3

Fill out an Advance Care Directive.  Prior to doing this you should read this booklet which explains things through an FAQ.  An Advance Care Directive form is available in the booklet.

Advance Care Planning NSW

Advance Care Planning NSW

Step 4

Let people know that you have an Advance Care Directive and where you are storing it.  Remember to review it regularly, especially if your health changes.

South Australia

South Australia

Advance Care Directive information for South Australia

Western Australia

Western Australia

Advance Care Directive information for Western Australia

Northern Territory

Northern Territory

Advance Care Directive information for the Northern Territory

Queensland

Queensland

Advance Care Directive information for Queensland

Tasmania

Tasmania

Advance Care Directive information for Tasmania

Victoria

Victoria

Advance Care Directive information for Victoria

ACT

ACT

Advance Care Directive information for the ACT

Training

Baptist Care NSW & ACT Spiritual Care Train the Trainer

The Spiritual Care Series will equip your church to provide quality voluntary pastoral and spiritual care to older and vulnerable Australians.   The Series will not only assist in strengthening your pastoral care teams within your church but provide your church with opportunities to partner with BaptistCare in the Pastoral Care Volunteers Program (PCV).  The PCV Program has 14 teams around NSW/ACT visiting people in their homes and care facilities.  To register contact Sue Wilson at swilson@baptistcare.org.au or 0419 201 094.

Want to hear more?

There is a lot to think about when it comes to end-of-life care and assisted dying. We don’t have all the answers but we have designed this site as a space to  provide resources and generate conversation. If you have questions about different aspects of what is a good death, get in touch and we can talk more.