8 February 2022

The risks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of not having a Will are highlighted in videos launched by Tender Funerals Australia today.

Developed for communities and service providers, the free online videos encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a Will that sets out what they would like to happen when they pass away.

The videos feature:

  • Bobbi Murray, Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman
  • Phil Duncan, Gomeroi Elder
  • Professor Prue Vines, author of the Aboriginal Wills Handbook

“My family knows when I leave this earth I want my body to go back to country and it’s written in my Will,” said Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman Bobbi Murray. “I encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a Will. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s about passing on things that are important no matter what happens.”

“When an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person passes away without a Will there is a risk that decisions will be made that aren’t culturally appropriate,” said Jennifer Briscoe-Hough, General Manager, Tender Funerals Australia. “We hope these videos will empower families and communities to exercise their rights around end of life.”

The videos are available at www.tenderfunerals.com.au/dev-net-wp/making-a-will

Media contact: Rivkah Nissim: 0407 974 934, [email protected]

Interviews are available with:

  • Jennifer Briscoe-Hough, General Manager, Tender Funerals Australia
  • Bobbi Murray, Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman

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Tender Funerals Australia is a not-for-profit organisation delivering meaningful, affordable funerals and community education on death, dying and end of life.

For more information go to www.tenderfunerals.com.au/dev-net-wp