The Guardians Gift: A Legacy Experience

The Guardians Gift:  Creating a Legacy Experience With Your Loved One.

My guest on today’s show is Dr. Judy Butler.  Dr. Butler is a certified Pastoral Psychotherapist in private practice, who consults with, counsels and coaches Adult Children of Aging Parents, members of the “Sandwich Generation”, Caregivers, and Senior Adults interested in creating a Legacy Experience through 2nd half and end of life planning.

Guardians Gift: A Legacy Experience

Dr. Judy Butler

On October 31, 2018 — Butler Counseling & Consulting, LLC received the 2018 Best of Mebane Award in Religious Counseling. Dr. Butler holds a doctorate in psychotherapy from The Graduate Theological Foundation, a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University and is a member of both Epsilon Pi Eta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Judy is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Triad Retirement Living Association, HealthCare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors, a certified Spiritual Director, ordained clergy, a speaker, and a teacher with years of experience and many thousands of hours of practical application.

“It’s all about having conversations”

In this episode, Judy takes us through what is involved in creating a legacy experience.  She shares stories from her own experience and provides examples of why her Guardian’s Gift is a legacy experience that families will cherish for generations to come.  “It’s all about having conversations” Judy says.  “Even the difficult ones.”  Her consulting service helps mediate and navigate those difficult conversations.

We assist seniors, and their families, create a legacy experience.

Our mission is to help people create an easily accessible, organized, documented, and personalized historical legacy plan.  This plan provides peace of mind and emotional security now and for generations to come. Stories matter!  We secure what’s important in one place.  Thereby eliminating chaos and anxiety when emotions run high. We guide clients in making and conveying medical wishes and end of life planning. Conversations matter! 90% say talking to family about medical wishes is important but only 27 % actually do it. 57% say they have not conveyed medical wishes to family.

The Guardians Gift

The Guardians Gift through Butler Counseling & Consulting is a new and truly unique option. We connect family members in a healthy way to reduce stress, anxiety, and eliminate much in the way of family dynamics in crisis situations. The Guardians Gift is an adjunct service that complements all areas of the senior adult community such as; financial planning, home health agencies, estate planning, medical choices, end of life choices, transitions to CCRCs, assisted living, and nursing homes. Judy brings a complementary skill set to the table that is unique.  She is a licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist, and an Ordained Minister.  She has served as a Chaplain in both the hospital setting and an extended care facility.  Judy has a medical background in laboratory science, as well as personal experience as a caregiver for her parents and in-laws.  She is an adult child of aging parents and a sibling.

As a special free gift to listeners of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Radio podcast, Judy offers her Guardians Gift Executor Checklist.  The Guardians Gift Executor Checklist is a 4 page document that helps anyone consider necessary information and documents when executing a loved one’s estate.  To get your copy, simply send her an email:  Please check out more about Judy at her website:

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