About

Amy May, LCSW

(she/her)

The values of Sacred Phases

I believe death and dying is a natural part of life and a sacred rite of passage which holds immeasurable opportunity for deeply meaningful, transformational experiences for both a dying individual and their loved ones. Yes, it is heartbreaking and can be scary, but it doesn't have to be traumatic.

End-of-life is a precious time and deserves to be held gently with attention, care, and compassion. Unfortunately, our predominant culture most often sterilizes the dying process and hides it away behind closed doors, leaving us feeling lost, confused, and overwhelmed when we are asked to face it, either ourselves or with someone we love.

Through the exploration of thoughts, feelings, hopes and beliefs about death and dying, I seek to collaboratively and compassionately support clients in identifying and meeting their unique emotional, spiritual, and logistical needs at the end of their lives.

Professional credentials

I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from Western New Mexico University and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Oregon. I completed Death Doula training through the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and am a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA.) I belong to the Association for Death Education and Counseling and am a Reiki Level 1 practitioner. LGBTQA+ allied.

In 2018, I founded the End-of-Life Counseling program at White Bird Clinic in Eugene, OR, in response to oppressive systemic structures that hinder equitable access to end-of-life care. I've also been a Crisis Worker for CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) since 2018.