My Story

A journey of generational grief, grace and gratitude…


By the age of ten, I was parenting my mother and myself. I was running on autopilot: innocent, ashamed, and lost.

Addiction and its all-encompassing pain had strapped me in the front seat of a roller-coaster of feelings and emotions. The hurt, fear, and rejection of it were settling into my heart. I could feel it building walls—I was suffocating. I waited, hoping for a spark of light, an understanding. Little did I know that alcohol and fear dominated me, an innocent child who just desired an untroubled mommy like all my other friends had.

What had been a stable, joyful home environment suddenly became riddled with an undercurrent of sorrow. This had a profound effect on me. My mother never said, “Here’s my pain, Karen, you take it.” But her pain rooted within me and I held it, silent and toxic.

I was alone, lost in sorrow and keeping secrets while my heart was breaking. That’s where it all began—the insidiousness of emotional trauma and loss, the vulnerability of secrets, and masks I wore as protective survival mechanisms.  

When I was fifty-two, my husband Larry died after a lengthy and difficult illness. I disconnected from everything. Suddenly, I was navigating suffering, depression, and grief. I wanted peace. Larry’s death evoked memories of the most difficult loss of my life, the untimely death of my mother when I was twenty-three.

His passing became an invitation to acknowledge my journey of life-long caretaking, the pain and sufferings of my childhood, and generational grief. It was the catalyst that caused me to review my life and recommit to using my intuitive gifts.

I began to listen intently to the inspiration of my guides. I understood that if I didn’t change my story, my story would change me, again, because that’s all it had ever done. I knew I had to release the self-suffering—the pain, trauma, worry, doubt, and fear—once and for all.

I was shown a path forward and I recognized that empowering forgiveness was essential to releasing generational grief. I understood that I had never acknowledged the pain I’d carried throughout my life. How could I have? As a child, life taught me it was far better to keep my feelings secret. I wasn’t cognizant then of their deep impact or of the insurmountable burden I carried.

Today, decades after holding deeply personal sorrow, secrets, and shame, I know that these revelations have changed my life. It is why I am here to help you heal and to change your life.

With lots and lots of Love,


“Mentoring with Karen has felt like a present that the universe somehow dropped into my lap. Her guidance with understanding my trauma, fear, and grief is transforming my ability to stay connected with myself. Karen has showed me just how critical uncovering the past, forgiveness, and self-acceptance are to our well-being. It has reminded me that self-love and shining my light is how I connect to the world around me.”


Ashley Curcio 

“If you are lucky enough to call Karen your friend, mentor or even if you’ve just happened to cross paths in a coffee shop, you will not soon forget her bright generous spirit. Her light shines so brightly you can almost see her coming from afar. Karen fearlessly shares her dedication to help those who strive for new pathways to growth, fulfillment and freedom from emotional shame, pain and generational trauma. What a gift Karen Morrissey has been to me!”

Jane Ramsey 

“I am constantly in awe of Karen’s intuitive healing process. It isn’t always easy to allow yourself to revisit the past. With Karen’s gentle and steadfast ability to guide me through this process of generational grief, I grasped the urgency within me to discover what would set you free. Through Karen’s own vulnerability, I found mine. Thank you so much, Karen so much for your invaluable guidance.”


Wendy Price 

“When Karen began to share the process of Awakened Forgiveness and Healing Generational Grief with me, I realized how deeply this grief had affected my family’s life and mine. Why had I never heard of generational grief? I found Karen’s guidance in identifying the sources of my life-long wounds invaluable. It’s a solution that has freed me and, better yet, sustained itself. I cannot thank Karen enough!”


Francesca Riccobono  

“Let Karen’s compassion, wisdom, insights, and Awakened Forgiveness™ guide you out of the bondage of emotional pain. I wholeheartedly recommend what she can help you to do. Karen, as the saying goes, is the real deal. She has helped me throughout the years with her intuitive insight and more. I know she can help you too.”


Karen Nowak