"My purpose on this earth includes service to others, compassion, and love."

Better Known as the Decide to Say Yes! and Keep Moving Forward Coach

Who is Dora Carpenter?

Dora Carpenter is simply the girl next door.  A native Washingtonian, Strayer University graduate, mother, grandmother, and widow.  A go-getter who never let doubt or fear stop her from excelling at her goals and dreams.  Harnessing a magnetic personality and passion to serve, she attracts, inspires, and motivates many.  Why does she coach?  Simply because she wants others to live their best life now!

  • Grief , Life, and Business Coach
  • Grief Coach Certification Program
  • Former Feel the Fear® Trainer
  • Author and Speaker

Source of Strength:  God, Spirit, The Universe

Favorite Books:  The Magic of Thinking Big, Ask and It Is Given, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, and In Tune with the Infinite

Favorite Mentor:  The Late Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

Favorite Colors:  Black, White, and Red

What Makes Her Happy:  Her Family

Daily Doses of Gratitude:  Sunrises and Sunsets

Favorite Quote:  It is all happening perfectly.

Favorite Places to Visit:  Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, and Williamsburg, Virginia

Favorite Movies:  Ghost, The Bodyguard, and The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Song:  I Believe I Can Fly (Yolanda Adams and Kenny G)

What Makes Her Smile:  Her Granddaughter

"She is a 'make it happen' mentoring coach who combines wisdom and experience to produce transformational results for her clients. Dora Carpenter will share, inspire, laugh, and maybe even cry with you; but, be ready to commit and be held accountable."

"Dora, for me you are more than a coach, more than a mentor... more like a grief guru who pours in wisdom, spirit and love into the grief process. Thank you."

"After working in the death care industry for many years assisting hundreds of families with making final arrangements, and hearing countless stories of unfulfilled hopes and dreams being buried in the cemetery, I knew that I had to do more. How can there be more cherished memories at the end of life and less guilt and regret? How can individuals be inspired and encouraged to find happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction in the precious gift of now? These questions birthed my passion for helping individuals move beyond life's challenges, grief, and fear."

Dora Carpenter has been recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Professionals and featured in Women of Distinction Magazine. She has appeared in various media outlets.

Find Dora Carpenter's Grief-Related Books on Amazon.

Find More About the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching here.


What Others Are Saying . . . 

"I am pleased to share how impactful the two sessions on grief conducted by Dora Carpenter were. Our class was held inside of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. The participants were grieving various losses, from children to parents, etc. We were all tremendously blessed and encouraged by the insight and wisdom we received from Ms. Carpenter. She not only encouraged us to move forth, but she also challenged us to live our lives to the fullest, while providing practical steps we could take to do so. I highly recommend this for anyone who is in the grieving process, as well as anyone who wants to help someone who is. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to discover her counsel also included ways to make preparation for that day when we all must face dealing with the death of a loved one."

"Dora, No words can express how much this 'Decide To Say Yes!' Boot Camp changed my life. The tools and techniques have been life changing and the relationships that I've made will be forever. You are a God send! I appreciate all that you have done. I have decided to say YES!"

One client has labeled Dora "The Angel of Comfort."

"Yes, we have to have you on for another podcast! You are actually an authority on grief whether you know it or not. I'd like to focus on the helpful things a person can say to someone who is grieving and the supportive actions family and friends can use to support a grieving individual. Dora, it's not just that you know what you're talking about - it's clear that you've walked your talk AND are embodying. That doesn't mean that any of this stuff is easy - exactly the opposite, for that appears to be the definition of mastery: you've put in the blood, sweat, and tears and now from the "outside" it all looks like it's a breeze :)"

"The day was transformational! I see a path forward through a challenging situation. Dora is an engaging, inspiring coach. The exercises in the workshop were extremely helpful."

"Very informative and highly energetic! Dora and Christina both are such wonderful people. A blessing for so many people. They have both done so much for me to progress forward in life. I love you both. Keep moving forward and keep shining that bright light."

"I enjoyed every aspect of the workshop. I received much more than I anticipated and look forward to future workshops that provide me the opportunity for personal growth as well as to reach out to share and encourage others."

"I marked off my bucket list living on the beach in Florida (even if it was only 4 ½ months… lol), seeing Cali and Florida Keys, becoming a Victim Advocate for Domestic Violence, and writing on my book. I met Dora in February; she changed my life, and believed in me… I am so blessed to have experienced what I have so far. 2015 will be the best ever… I’m reaching higher than ever… Thank you God. Life is so GOOD!!"

"Terrific workshop and hugely rewarding. I would recommend this to everyone! Dora brings wisdom and deep compassion to the course and helps each attendee push through the wall of fear."

“My coaching experience was absolutely wonderful. It was the best week of my life because my coach tailored my instructions to fit me which encouraged me to see them in a different light and most importantly my coach listened to me."

"Dora, I have to tell you I think of you and your programs often -- It's a stellar program and you have such a great way of conveying the information."

"The authors have done a wonderful public service by releasing this holiday grief coping book right before the holiday season. The book is a touching testament to their levels of expertise since they have been able to elegantly and simply discuss the difficult topic of death, dying and grieving. A particularly helpful section is their discussion of the need to speak to your children about the death of a closed loved one. This is an all too often overlooked aspect of the grieving process that unfortunately leaves many people scarred as adults since deaths of close loved ones which occurred during their childhood, were never fully discussed within the family context or were discussed in hushed tones with subtle nuances unintelligible to a young child. This can often lead to hidden levels of Existential grief; the source of which-years later-may be hard to identify, deal with, and resolve."

"Thank you for your heartfelt presentation of Susan's Work. You are an amazing presenter. I want you as my coach (and life-long friend). " 

What's Her Story . . .

I am often asked if I’ve had personal adversities and losses. Of course I have. Businesses that didn’t flourish as I had projected, not getting the ‘perceived’ perfect position, being told “no” to my inspired ideas, being temporarily housebound with severe panic attacks, divorced after 20 years of marriage, widowed … to name a few. I’ve learned something and grown from them all.

My best friend, my hero, my Dad, died many years ago, and I became a member of the statistical group that takes five to eight years to recover from a devastating loss. I didn’t know that help was available, so I only relied on the myth that “it just takes time.” My mother transitioned two days before Mother’s Day, and my husband six days before my inaugural Feel the Fear® workshop. Yes, I felt the fear and did the workshop anyway in his honor. 

Grief bursts? Sure, I have them from time to time, and always at the most inappropriate times. We grieve because we loved so grief is really an act of love. Death is inevitable and at some point each of us will be faced with loss and the emotions that follow. I encourage you to give yourself permission to grieve, cherish the memories, honor the life and legacy of your loved one, and take steps, no matter how small, to find meaning and purpose in your ‘new’ life going forward.  Always know that your life counts, it matters, and you have an obligation to live your life for the rest of your life.

Yes, I have walked the walk. I am humbled by the opportunity to practice what I teach, and I am grateful to the many individuals and families who have allowed me to share in their lives.

Love and gratitude from my heart to yours,

Dora Carpenter

When asked to describe Dora Carpenter in one word . . .

"Kind, Compassionate, Empathetic, Passionate, Feisty, Positive, Inspirational, Witty, Motivational, Authentic, Charming, Delightful, Personality, Funny, Dedicated, No-Nonsense, Serious, Smart, Magnetic, Giving, Knowledgeable, Wisdom, Spiritual, Dynamic, Divine, Contagious, Lovable, Engaging, Mentor, Teacher, Caring, Humble, Insightful, Sincere, Generous, Warm, Leader, Driven, Visionary, Enthusiastic, GRANDMA  . . ."

When asked how she would like to be remembered, Dora says "As one who shared brightness, hope, courage, and strength to many."