I would be honored to walk with you as you navigate a path toward death; whether it is yours, or the death of a loved one. I see great beauty in end of life transitions and I want to help others find joy during difficult times.
Fourteen years ago, a friend invited me to join her on her journey following a terminal cancer diagnosis, and I am grateful for all that I learned with her. I found richness in living in the present, taking stock of the life she had lived, and helping her plan the best possible death for her. Since then, I have had the privilege of supporting several more loved ones as they move through their own end of life transitions, or those of their loved ones.
One thing I have learned from these experiences that I want everyone to know is that there is no one way to live, love, or die that is right for everyone. I believe everyone deserves to find and create the end of life experiences that suit them best. In my work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) I have seen that every person, and every family, is unique, and that we all have strengths that help us through challenging times. I will work with you, and your loved ones, to uncover your unique gifts so we can work together and create the best end of life experience for you. I see this time of transition as an opportunity to connect, love, and support one another as well as to share the burden of grief that inevitably accompanies death.
In addition to being a LMFT I am trained as an end of life doula through INELDA and have experience as a hospice volunteer. I have witnessed the value in having personalized advanced care directives as well as areas in which hospice care can be enhanced with the services of an end of life doula.
Please contact me so that we can find the services and support to help make your end of life transitions the best that they can be.
Jean Budge, LMFT, EOLD
Joy in Transition:
Supports people who are contemplating death, are in the dying process, or supporting a loved one who is dying.
Facilitates open conversations about death so that we can understand what death means to us on a personal level, as well as how we want to experience our own deaths.
Stands alongside patients and their loved ones before, during, and after death to provide support and comfort.
Advocates for people to ensure their wishes are respected, and advocates for those who want to respect the wishes of their loved ones.
Helps loved ones move through the grieving process and manage the practical aspects of after-death experiences.