A registered nurse from 1975-2008, Corry Roach pioneered a form of therapy in 1986 that grew into her private practise. A student of the late Elisabeth Kubler Ross M.D., world renowned expert on death and dying, and the late Gregg Furth PhD, specialist in drawing analysis, Corry continues to employ their work in her practise today.
After her baby daughter Lindsay’s death in 1983, Corry spent a decade as volunteer leader of The Compassionate Friends of Edmonton Chapter. She and her husband Gene were also founding members of The Bereavement Society of Alberta.
After the adoption of their son in 1987, Corry immersed in study of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and addictions related issues, integrating them into her unique practise of Therapeutic Art Methods and its adjuncts of Senoi Indian and Jungian dream work, NLP(neurolinguistic programming), Therapeutic Touch and resonance in music therapy. Analysis of fairy tales and mandalas are often also integrated into her work with drawing material from the unconscious mind..
Corry only seriously began writing after the death of her baby. Initially written as a healing agent, her first published book, By Grace of Mourning, has also been described as such for bereaved parents and professionals alike.
She recently completed a volume, In Shadows of Greatness, on FASD addictions and its effects on her family. She is also writing books about the pioneered clinical and theoretical work of her unique therapy practise.
Writing about her beloved profession of nursing, she addresses the humour as well as the deeply moving events that always encouraged her to continue on in her many diverse places of practise, including surgery, labour and delivery, palliative care, geriatrics, prison and volunteer nursing. She also intends to add her family's history with the profession and its changes over three generations of caregiving and service as registered nurses. She is very proud of her daughter, Brandi, who recently graduated with distinction with her BScNursing.
Corry is an editor/writer for www.tenmillionclicksforpeace.org, a brave global website whose mission is to bring peace to the world. She also serves as voluntary secretary for www.canadianfallenheroes.ca, which honours our veterans. She sings in a women's ensemble, a mixed choir and enjoys sculpting, reading, camping, watercolor and acrylic painting and playing her guitar. She enjoys cooking, baking bread, making wild fruit jams and jellies, canning and pickling, which are often served at her workshops.
A native Albertan, Corry is a long-time resident of Spring Lake with her husband Gene and their two cats Samson and Cleopatra. Their children, Brandi and David, are grown.