"Tears are a river that takes you somewhere… Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better."
– Clarrisa Pinkola Estes
Carmen is a grief practitioner and educator supporting people who are navigating the territory of grief and loss. Her soulful approach to this healing work stems from her own journey with grief. In 2006 after her infant son was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition she found herself in the deep waters of grief without the support or tools she needed. Her desire to heal and to understand her own experience guided her to in-depth explorations in the landscape of grief and loss.
Carmen’s work and perspective on grief were deeply influenced by her mentorship and study with Francis Weller, a psychotherapist and grief ritualist living in northern California. Her path also led her to the wisdom and teachings of Sarah Kerr, Sobonfu Somé, Martín Prechtel, Malidoma Somé and Stephen Jenkinson.
Carmen holds a degree in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria. After completing her university studies she worked as a child development advisor in elementary schools supporting children struggling with behavioural and emotional concerns.
She is also a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. This training included the study of ritual and ceremony design, world and faith traditions, as well as mythology and storytelling.
Carmen holds space for the sorrow of others and is at home in the territory of deep emotion. Her compassionate presence and capacity to offer hospitality to the most vulnerable parts in people allows them to tend to their grief and ultimately rediscover their vitality and joy.