(CARA's BIO continued...)

Working with Death:

I am no stranger to the concept of life and death as a circular completion. I was born on a significant day that celebrates death : El Dia de Los Muertos. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is my Godmother, was present for my baptism, and I was named Cara Elisabeth, in her honor. My mother studied death and dying under Elisabeth Kübler-Ross while pregnant with me, and was a forerunner in the human hospice movement, later going on to establish a global non-profit organization serving women and children with HIV/AIDS.

Early Years: 

My earliest years, starting at 2, were in tow to my mother's non-profit summer camp, where my childhood friends were heartbreakingly ill. I attended many bedsides and funerals as a child. (I participated in this program from 2-21.)

 

My developmental years from 5-14 were on a 15 acre farm in Sonoma County. I spent many hours alone as a child and filled my days by connecting with the animals. Animals were my very early teachers of how the cycle of life worked in completion; birth and death. I witnessed all types of animal transitions as a child, from calm and restful to tragic and painful.

 

Although difficult, I believe these death experiences during my formative years were extremely instrumental for my personal expansion and developing my gifts to offer others.

 

After surviving an extremely trying time in life, along with the death of my beloved dog Rosemary [read My Story : Rosemary's Gift] , it became clear that working with animals is my joy in life and I set out to create the career of my dreams. Ten years in, I have successfully carved out a unique niche within the veterinary field.

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