Jill and Phil say: "Do not resuscitate."

Jill Brooks has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and has to be supported with oxygen 24 hours a day.

As a result of her condition, Jill doesn't have long to live and she has very specific wishes around how she wants to die.

She has discussed these with her husband, Phil, and together they have prepared a "do not resuscitate" document with the help of private provider, Healthcare at Home.

This is a legal document, which is signed by the GP as well as Jill and Phil, and clearly states that doctors are not to try to resuscitate her even if her life depends on it.

Phil describes it as giving him peace of mind when the time comes, but admits it was an emotional experience to draw up the document.

"It was difficult to talk about at first," he says, "but it's necessary."

"Most people have an idea about how they would like to die, but no one has asked the question," she says. "If we don't ask them, then we are failing them."

Knowing the document is there is something that Jill finds reassuring. "It gives me peace of mind knowing that my wishes will be respected," she explains.