Jan Sutherland End of Life Consultant
I suffered a heart attack in 2013 and luckily lived to tell the story! It gives me peace of mind to know I have my affairs in order.
Who am I?… I am a woman of many hats – businesswoman, wife, mother, grandmother and sister to 2 brothers and a contributing author in “From Brilliant and Broke to Inspired and Abundant”.
I have had many varied careers from a junior in the now defunct State Savings Bank, worked in the fitness industry and also the beauty industry. I was a Flight attendant at Ansett in the late 70’s. I also ran a cleaning company for 23 years with my husband. My finest hour was becoming a mother.
I am now following my heart to help those in need of care, with empathy and compassion and act as their advocate to provide
non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care.
Why? From my personal experience, coming from a difficult challenging and sad time when my mother died in 2016, I was seeking answers to improve the end of life process so others don’t have to experience the same pain and stresses.
I help people leave a meaningful legacy for their loved ones
I can help to organise and facilitate a funeral or wake for you or your loved one.
I also offer Reiki and hypnotherapy.
At various stages of adulthood we will all have to plan ahead.
Planning helps create peace of mind, knowing your wishes will be taken care of.
“Should you become mentally or physically incapacitated, you will have assisted both yourself and your family in making important decisions about your accommodation and health care, if you have previously discussed and recorded your wishes about such matters.”
Apart from helping people with their medical, legal and funeral choices and options, I also offer forward planning whilst we are still of sound mind and body.
In addition I have a list of professionals to expand what I offer, being placement into care, estate planners, real estate agents, and more!
It is important to document and make known that you have made a Will, have various Powers of Attorney (e.g Financial, Medical, Guardianship etc.), have an estate plan, a health directive/advance care plan, and a list of your insurance policy, superannuation, your bank details and a list of investments and passwords for your on line accounts, and various files.
You also need to list your solicitor, your accountant and your social media details, including an appointed administrator.