Everything in life is temporary, including life itself.
Decide to say Yes! to the gift of now!




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 . . ."


Who Is She and Why Does She Do What She Does?

Who is she?  She is Madison's Grandma!

As a certified professional coach and trainer, Dora Carpenter inspires and empowers individuals for personal and professional success.  She is known for challenging and motivating clients to take forward-moving action and work through life transitions, grief, and fear.  Her gentle and empathetic, yet expressive approach is articulated in her coaching, training, writing, and speaking.   A client says, "She is a magnetic mentoring coach who journeys with you through your experience."


Life is like a ferris wheel… up and down, round and round, start and stop… It’s simply called life.  Take it a step further and call it the beauty of life, or the process of learning and growing.  When you can see the beauty through the many transitions of your life, you are well on your way to inner peace and happiness. You can then allow and receive more joy in your home, relationships, career, business, community, and the world. 

For many, the challenge is finding the beauty while the transitions are taking over.  Those challenges, changes, situations, decisions, fears, grief, and stresses are clouding and deterring what is supposed to be joy, happiness or success (whatever that is for you).  Can you click your heels three times and shake it off?  Probably not, but you CAN work through it.  You CAN transition to a place of happiness.  You CAN handle more highs than lows.  You CAN go from grief to gratitude.  You CAN overcome guilt and regret.  You CAN overcome those fears.  You CAN make the right decision. Dora Carpenter says, "Yes you can, and you can begin to do so as soon as you say YES! to yourself."

Working many years in the death care industry and assisting hundreds of families with making final arrangements for loved ones birthed her passion for coaching.  Dora says, "too many hopes and dreams are buried in the cemetery" and she wants to encourage people to live out their potential in the now.  Hence, her mantra is "Everything in life is temporary, including life itself.  Decide to say Yes! to the gift of now.”

Since her teen years, Dora has had a passion for learning, leading, and helping.  Through coaching, training, and mentoring, she embraces her ability to share her gifts as a ‘helpingpreneur’ to individuals as they navigate the challenges and adversities of life and loss.  Her books provide helpful information in an easy-to-read format, and she has been a guest on podcasts, radio, and television. 


Dora Carpenter is a certified life coach, certified grief coach, certified consumer's funeral consultant, and a basic law of attraction practitioner. She is also one of a select group personally licensed by internationally known best-selling author and motivational speaker, the late Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., to teach her Feel the Fear® work in the United States.  She is a member of the International Association of Professional Life Coaches and the Women’s Speaker Association.

Dora Carpenter is the founder and program director of the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program. The program trains and certifies grief coaches and is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).   She is also founder of The Aniya Center, a non-profit organization that provides grief coaching support services to residents of the Washington, D.C. area who are grieving the loss of loved ones.

A native Washingtonian, and graduate of Strayer University, Dora has owned and operated several businesses and proudly maintains a business partnership with her daughter, Christina R. Ferguson, MS, CPC.  Dora Carpenter has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field by the National Association of Distinguished Professionals and featured in the Women of Distinction Magazine.

If you don’t find her spending quality time with her granddaughter or her family, you will most likely find her reading, writing, marveling at the sunrise or sunset, or visiting one of her favorite places to meditate, especially by the water.  Residing in Washington, D.C., Dora frequently escapes to the relaxing pristine blue waters of the Caribbean.  

She is the proud mother of two, Carlton, II and Christina; mother-in-law of Shantrell; and, the affectionate and doting grandmother of Madison Aniya.

Dora Carpenter in the News . . .

Stress Free Now Podcast

"From Grief to Gratitude"

Make the Change Radio Interview

 "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" 


Free ebook Download

"When Will the Pain Go Away"

Free Mini Course


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.

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