Conference Speakers

Judith Burdick, M.A., L.L.P.

Judith Burdick is a highly-regarded licensed psychotherapist. Her practice is dedicated to individuals with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, yet focuses primarily on those struggling through grief and loss.

A grief survivor herself, Burdick began her own journey in understanding loss at age 31. Married with two small children, her husband of 10 years was killed in a scuba diving accident. She found herself alone, entirely overwhelmed and unprepared for what her life, and their lives, had suddenly become.

Living thousands of miles away from family and friends she knew one thing — she needed to find a way to get through this tragic loss. She searched for what meager help was available then, though none of it focused on the impact of such grief on young survivors like her. Judith discovered it wasn’t enough for her to white knuckle it and survive. She needed to do something meaningful that helped her thrive and grow through her loss. So began her quest for healing, both for herself and her children. Her journey ultimately brought her back home to Michigan, where she re-enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and then her master’s degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology at The Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

Judith’s workshops and the Transforming Loss film and Companion Guide provide support and inspiration for those struggling with the loss of a loved one, but are also practical healing tools for therapists and health care professionals, hospice workers, clergy, funeral directors, and educators.