We believe in Celebrating Lives, Making Memories and Leaving Legacies.
Our vision is for everyone to have the opportunity to write their Swan Song and for every family to have songs to remember their loved ones by. The Swan Song Project provides comfort and joy through celebrating life and providing a soundtrack to legacy.
The Swan Song Project gives people planning the end stages of their lives and those surrounding them the opportunity to write and record their own original song. A professional songwriter provides support to guide each person, through finding the initial idea to the completed recording. No previous musical experience or abilities are required. Everyone has a unique way of expressing themselves and this is what makes great songs. With the right support everyone can do it.
The Swan Song Project was founded by songwriter Ben Buddy Slack. After losing his Grandma, Ben regretted not writing a song with her and wanted to see if others approaching the end of thier lives might appreciate this opportunity. The Project began at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford in 2017 and has since written songs with people all over the country and in a wide range of circumstances surrounding end of life and bereavment. From early stages of a terminal diagnosis to peoples final days, immediatley following a bereavement to several years after.
Participants have reported:
- How proud they are of their songs,
- How happy they are to have a permanent recorded message to their loved ones,
- How it has helped them come to terms with their situation
- How it has helped them articulate and communicates their feelings in a way they may not have otherwise done.
- And how much fun they had during the process.
“It’s given a different perspective
to saying goodbye”
“It kept me from weeks of worries and many scary events out of my control“
Every session is facilitated in a relaxed and flexible way providing an enjoyable and rewarding artistic experience for everyone involved. Sessions can be done in person or virtually.
Every participant receives their song on a cd and has the option of sharing them with the wider public through The Swan Song Project Website.
Interested in writing a song with us?
If you would like to support more people to write their Swan Songs, please consider donating to The Swan Song Project.
Every donation makes a big difference and helps more people to celebrate life in a song
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