Grief Coach | Portland, OR

About Benaz


Empowering Lives with Compassion


As a compassionate coach, my mission is to empower individuals facing setbacks. I create a safe space where they discover their inner strength, cultivate resilience, and embrace a life filled with happiness and purpose,

I have been on a transformation journey for over thirty-five years, immersing myself in the rich tapestry of spirituality and seeking wisdom, healing, and connection.

My path began when I left my family and my country of birth behind in 1977. The journey led me to seek a new life. From those early days of uncertainty to the present moment, my life has been a testament to resilience, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

Along the way, I immersed myself in a quest for meaning and understanding. I encountered faces like Joseph Campbell, a mythology scholar, and heard his message of “Follow your bliss” in my early days of self-discovery. He believed that by pursuing what truly lights up our souls, we align with our purpose and create a life that resonates with joy and fulfillment. That message ignited a fierce desire to face life challenges by empowering myself and finding bliss in every situation to create my reality intentionally. Today, I am living a blissful life.

Later on, I came across the teaching of Joel Goldsmith, a spiritual teacher who emphasizes the power of consciousness and inner well-being. His teachings profoundly impacted my perspective on my cancer diagnosis 21 years ago. His wisdom shifted my focus from fear to seeking a sense of well-being. By embracing this mindset, I not only survived but thrived beyond cancer and started a non-profit organization to help women empower themselves by developing the power of resilience and empathy when facing the impact of their disease. Now, I can guide others who are facing incurable diseases by utilizing my experience and power of compassion.

Despite facing the pain of divorce and the challenges of life, I continued my journey, seeking relief and support in studying the life of those like Jesus, Mother Theresa, and Gandhi. Those stories taught me resilience, kindness, and determination, shaping my understanding of empathy and compassion as a coach.

However, a profound shift occurred in 2014 with the introduction of Non-duality and Advaita Vedanta. The transformative teachings of Buddhism and Christianity taught me the wisdom of living a life with clarity and effortlessly. I came across the philosophy of oneness and non-separation, which revealed the unity of existence. This timeless wisdom resonated deeply with me, offering a profound perspective on the nature of reality, presence, unity of existence, and consciousness.

Throughout the years, I explored deeper into spirituality by practicing mindfulness and meditation regularly. My spiritual journey unfolded through mindfulness and meditation. From my first Vipassana retreat to embracing Eastern philosophy, I discovered the magic of living in the present—a path to peace and happiness.

Today, as a compassionate coach, I am dedicated to helping others navigate life’s challenges and setbacks. Whether you’re grappling with a broken heart, battling illness, or facing loss, know that you’re not alone. We can transform adversity into growth, healing, and self-discovery opportunities.

Let’s embark on this transformative path toward greater clarity, peace, and fulfillment—a life that resonates with authenticity and meaning. I am here to guide and empower you to live a happy and peaceful life.

To learn more about me, please continue reading “What Qualifies Me To Do This Work?” 

 My Approach

  1. Understanding Your Unique Path

Life is not a one-size-fits-all journey. I take the time to truly listen to your story, understanding your challenges, fears, and aspirations. Your experiences matter, and I honor them.

  1. Cultivating Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the cornerstone of personal growth. Together, we’ll explore self-acceptance, forgiveness, and resilience. You are not alone; I am here to walk beside you.

  1. Embracing Vulnerability

Being vulnerable takes courage. As your coach, I encourage you to lean into vulnerability—to share the pain of your loss, fears, and dreams. It’s in these moments that transformation occurs.


Connect with Me

Ready to embark on a compassionate journey? Please feel free to reach out today to schedule your free consultation. Let’s walk this path together. Contact Benaz

May our shared compassion and kindness ripple through the world, touching hearts and transforming lives.


You may benefit from my book about the non-duality, Sensing – The Way Back to No-Thing-Ness.

My book on Amazon 

What Qualifies Me To Do This Work?



• Life Coach Certification
• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Certification
• Healing Touch Certification
• End of Life Doula Certification
• Medical Interpreter Certification


• Cancer Connection Volunteer Training, Kaiser Permanente, OR
• Outreach Hotline Volunteer Training, Providence, Portland, OR
• Hospice Volunteer Training, Providence St. Vincent Hospice, Portland, OR
• Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer Training, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, Davis, CA
• Popular Education Workshop, Portland, OR
• Living Well Workshop, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
• Serenity Hospice Training, Portland, OR        • Kaiser Permanente Hospice Training, Portland, OR                                          • Susan Komen Essential Training, Portland, OR


Workshops / seminars at  Legacy, OHSU Cancer Center, Providence Medical Center, SW Washington Medical Center, and Willamette Falls Hospital.
Northwest Service Academy, YWCA of Salem, The Caring Place, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Senior Studies Institute(SSI). American Cancer Society, Mercy Corps. New Renaissance Bookshop. Vancouver Pointe Independent Living Community.


As a life coach, Benaz has worked with the American Cancer Society of Oregon, coaching cancer survivors to live life fully. She served as an advocate and patient companion for the women from developing countries who were going through treatment, surgery, and recovery.
Benaz has raised cancer awareness by traveling to developing countries and creating a program to improve life after cancer. The program was called “Caring Program to Improve Life After Cancer” and was implemented in different regions and cities.