As a Grief Practitioner, Karen’s passion is for helping others who are struggling emotionally or spiritually with a loss in their lives. Karen had her own difficult losses in her early twenties – a mother who died of cancer and then an estranged father – so she understands the difficult emotions that accompany grief and mourning. It is a slow, honored process that requires patience and understanding towards oneself and others.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Education from The University of British Columbia. In addition to her formal university training, she has a Death and Grief Studies Certification from the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado, a Certification with The Creative Grief Studios, a Certification from The Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy and training with The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, pregnancy and infant loss.
Karen reads books related to grief and loss on a regular basis as well as literature on healing the soul. She takes classes at least once a year at The Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy to keep updated on this loving approach to companioning others. Karen loves to learn and share her knowledge and understanding with others. Her curious nature makes her an empathic listener and a caring grief companion.
In addition to her Luminescence practice, Karen is a Hospice volunteer, a Grief Group Facilitator and a substitute teacher. She is a wife, mother of three boys, enjoys mountain biking, hiking, cooking, baking, gardening, reading, knitting, doing Yoga, studying and cuddling her two cats.