Bio

After experiencing the sudden loss of her spouse at the age of 30 and the loss of her mother at 34, Cynthia was led into the bereavement field to serve others who have also experienced loss in life and guide them to the path of healing.  She listens with compassion and understanding, validates emotions and struggles of grief, and coaches coping skills with societal stigmas. Her wisdom offers tools and techniques to mourn effectively and restore joy, in order to achieve a life of meaning.

The Grief Journey

When someone loses a loved one the journey of grief and mourning doesn’t always begin right away nor does it have a definitive linear timeline as to when it stops.  In fact Cynthia believes it doesn’t ever STOP, it just becomes manageable.  ‘GRIEF’ does not know order, steps or predictability and can demand your attention at any given time. Cynthia’s mission is to walk with the mourner and help validate the diverse emotions one can feel at any given ‘time’ during many different ‘phases’.

Experience Summary:
22 years, Advocate, Down Syndrome, Autism, Special Education, Gifted Education
20 years, Business Owner / Entrepreneur
19 years, Handicapped / Special Needs Persons, Home Management
10+ years, Bereavement Coaching, Education, and Advocacy
10+ years, Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization

Education Training:

Educated by thousands of bereaved people for over 12 years, coaching them through their grief and into joy restoration.

Training through various university programs

  • Virginia Commonwealth
  • University CMI Education Institute
  • Center for Life & Loss Transition
  • Rockhurst University
  • American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • Sunrise Academy – Residential Treatment Ctr for Girls

Is currently working towards additional certification in Christian Grief Coaching/Joy Restoration Coaching at Professional Christian Coaching & Counseling Academy through Beautiful Life Ministries, LLC.

Admired authors:
Alan Wolfelt
David Kessler
Deepak Chopra
Elisabeth Kübler Ross
Harold Ivan Smith
Oprah
Theresa Rando
Wayne Dyer

Positive Intervention

Cynthia dedicates herself to teach the professionals of our community how to companion the mourner.  Society tends to have a ‘suck it up’ and ‘get over it’ attitude mainly due to ignorance and being uncomfortable.  Awareness of the grieving process can enrich you, the professional, and the connections with your clients, patients, customers, and colleagues, therefore developing stronger, safer and more productive relationships and referrals.  Cynthia’s mission is to help educate with compassion, insight, and love.

Achievements and Accolades

    • Nationally recognized by Parade Magazine
    • Nationally recognized by 700 Club’s Living the Life
    • Recipient of WTKR TV 3—Your Community Star Award
    • Recipient of WAVY TV 10—10 Who Cares Award
    • Published in Mourning Has Broken, A Collection of Creative Writing About Grief and Healing, 2nd Edition by Liz Pearl

Public Speaking Engagements
LifeNet Health, Sentara, Bon Secours
First Command Financial Services
RMBF Kids – Raven Marie Blanco Foundation
POMC – Parents of Murdered Children
Lions Club
Atria Assisted Living Residence
Christian Embassy International Church
Province Place of DePaul Assisted Living Residence
Modern Woodmen

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