In 2003 I began volunteering with a hospice and facilitating support groups for bereaved children. After working with grieving kids and their parents for a few years, I changed the entire direction of my life. I knew I wanted to do “more.”
“More” was a fuzzy concept. I knew it meant more in the area of grief and end-of-life, but what that looked like wasn’t entirely clear. So I just kept moving forward.
So far I’ve spent over 15 years collecting knowledge and experience, and providing support to people who were grieving or facing end-of-life transitions. Along the way, I earned my master’s degree in clinical psychology and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Worked as a long-term care educator. Trained at the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice. In 2013, I earned the designation of Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement from the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Then I realized “more” didn’t just mean collecting knowledge and experience, it means sharing it, too. Yes, I share it when I support people who are grieving, and that is a sacred space that I am honored to be part of. But “more” also means supporting more people, more than I could ever reach on my own. So, I’m here, sharing with you.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’d like to help you feel comfortable and confident talking with your clients about grief. I know you can do it!
In addition to providing grief education to mental health professionals, I am also a psychotherapist in private practice and the Consulting Clinical Director at New Hope Grief Support Community. You can find information about my psychotherapy practice at www.JenLeongTherapy.com and about the many support services provided by New Hope at www.NewHopeGrief.org.