Carolyn Zahnow is the founder and Executive Director of The Shore Grief Center located in central North Carolina. The Shore Grief is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides free peer-based grief support groups for kids, teens and adults. The Shore was created after the death of her 18-year old son died by suicide. His birth father died three years previously and it was a downward spiral for him during his high school years. Carolyn found that grief support groups helped her tremendously after Cameron's death so attended trainings on how to start a group of her own. Her first group, Wake Forest Surivivors of Suicide loss, led to the creation of more groups so The Shore Grief Center was born in 2012.
She has written two books – “Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, addiction and depression” and “Beautiful Disasters - A Parents Journey Through Teen Depression” – both tackling the issues of teen grief, depression and substance abuse. Also attributed to her son's experiences as well as her husband and her own. during her process of discovery, Carolyn has linked grief closely to self-harm, depression and suicide. She has seen it time and time again in grief groups.
Carolyn was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina yet has also experienced life California and Texas during adulthood.
During a return to the Raleigh area, she wanted to better her life so returned to college in her mid-thirties going part-time at first and then full-time. She received a BA in Communication from NC State University in 1997 at the age of 40. She obtained an Associates of Art degree in Marketing from San Diego City College during her time in California.
Carolyn currently resides in Youngsville, NC with her husband, Dan, and their senior dog, Sheila.