A session with a Swansong counsellor will guide conversations and decisions about how you choose to live, how you would prefer to die, and the stories you want to leave behind.LEARN MORE
92% of us say that talking about our end-of-life values with a loved one is important, yet only 32% of us have actually done so. Our silence is not without cause. It's a challenging topic to contemplate, let alone plan and discuss. Working through and documenting an advance care plan with Swansong will take you on a reflective and rewarding journey of life's most universal of all experiences. It's about being deliberate and knowledgeable about living and dying well.MAKE A BOOKING
An online video session with a Swansong counsellor offers a place to share and record the sometimes difficult, yet also unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life ahead of death. Having a legally documented advance care plan in place is an act of kindness, to yourself, and those around you.
Our trained counsellors help you discover, clarify and communicate what is important to you towards the end of your life. For example, the treatment you are prepared to receive, where you want to die, how you want to be remembered…
I am a clinical and oncology social worker with a doctorate in Psychiatry, and I know how difficult advance care planning discussions can be. When I conduct sessions, I aim to create a space where you can discuss your thoughts and feelings about what matters to you at the end of life in a relaxed, caring environment. Your values and wishes are important. Let's have this conversation in a life- affirming way so you feel inspired to live a full life.BOOK A SESSION WITH MEMORY ×
Before my dad died from cancer he told us his funeral wishes, including his wish for a simple pine coffin, decorated by his granddaughters with pictures of indigenous flowers. He showed me that leaving loved ones with answers, rather than questions, is an act of love. I'm trained in counselling, end-of-life planning and project management. I enjoy travel, tough challenges, taking care of people and understanding things from different perspectives. Let's talk about your wishes and make an advance care plan that suits you.BOOK A SESSION WITH JANINE ×
Reflecting on our mortality can help us lead more meaningful lives, and end-of-life planning is the best way to ensure that our voices are heard. This creates a clear roadmap for others to follow, and this offers much relief to loved ones when they need it. I am passionate about guiding people in making their decisions, explaining various options and creating a safe space for difficult conversations. I am a registered critical care nurse with more than 20 years of at-the-bedside nursing, and have a degree in psychological counselling.BOOK A SESSION WITH CLAIRE ×
I am a firm believer in the need for end-of-life planning and access to meaningful conversations before loved ones get ill, or there's trauma. A Swansong session with me is a safe space to discuss your life plan, in English or Afrikaans. As a professional nurse with experience of the survival journey, management of complex patients and counselling, let's embark on your Swansong care plan together, so something seemingly painful, becomes meaningful and life-giving.
Ons lewens is kort en ons laaste dae voor afsterwe te belangrik om nie die persoonlike keuses vroegtydig te neem nie. Swansong bied 'n geleentheid om 'n persoonlike gesprek met 'n opgeleide berader te he, sodat die brandpunt vrae en jou unieke wense vasgele kan word om dit te verewig in 'n wettige dokument, vir jou geliefdes om jou wense te kan verstaan en te eerbiedig. Kom praat met my, en maak die einde ook deel van jou kosbare lewens oomblikke.BOOK A SESSION WITH ADELE ×
Death is not just a medical event — it's a life event, and your emotional, spiritual, cultural and social needs are as important.
My Swansong session helped me to organise my own thinking about my end-of-life goals, priorities and dreams for my future. My counsellor's pragmatic advice around medical care decisions has helped me to consider my own mortality, and in fact reminded me of the need to live a meaningful life while we have it. I even chose the poem I want read out at my funeral!”
JOANNE JACOBS, 61
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Being prepared for your death is more than simply having a will in place which details how your finances and property will be split up. One of the most valuable gifts you can offer to those you love is to embrace your mortality and be specific about the care you do or do not want to receive, and how you would prefer to die. By planning ahead, you'll unburden your family from making tough decisions when the time comes someday, ensuring their dignity and yours.
People often think that it's too early to be talking about death, but there's no such thing. We never know what life has in store. Accidents happen. Illness and surgeries increase our risk of needing an advance care plan – COVID-19 has brought that to the fore. We believe that it's better to have a conversation around the dining table rather than in the ICU. The optimal time to have these conversations, and document how you would prefer to die is now, whatever your age and health status.
Your chosen “healthcare proxy” will have the legal power (sometimes called "power of attorney for healthcare") to make decisions about your medical treatment (including withholding treatment), in accordance with any limitations or guidance you include in your advance care (ACP). The Swansong Advance Care Plan includes the same content as a living will, but in more detail, as well as your nomination of a healthcare proxy and other important elements. The Swansong Advance Care Plan is a comprehensive document and guide for your family, your healthcare proxy and for the professionals who will be caring for you at the end of your life.
In everyday so called “common law” practice, an advance care plan is legally sound – it must be signed, dated and witnessed. But it doesn't need to be done by a lawyer. It's considered a living document and can be changed at any time.
Your advance care plan and a recording of your actual Swansong session will be sent to you, so that you can share them with your medical team, your family and your loved ones. You will also be able to make changes or updates to the document at any time in the future.
We only offer our service via video chat. Research has shown this is an effective communication platform for clarifying end-of-life care preferences, with many participants preferring a virtual rather than a face to face discussion.
Not right now, but this is definitely something we would like to look at for the future.
Yes, you can gift a session to anyone, as long as they have a device and internet connection that can handle the Zoom conversation. Gifting a Swansong advance care plan session is a great way of showing that you care about that person's future, dignity and peace of mind. Click here to complete the form, write a personalised message to the recipient and pay. The recipient will then receive your email with your message, and a link to a page where they can choose their counsellor and book a time that suits them.
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