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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in her gripping new memoir, Where Yellow Flowers Bloom, Montecito mudslide survivor Kim Cantin shares her journey from unimaginable loss to helping others with grief or trauma.
I think my story might help others going through tough times. And so it became almost a passion project. It’s really about looking for the good, even in the darkest of times.
In north west Montecito, in the early morning of January 9th, 2018, heavy rainfall combined with deforestation from recent wildfires to cause a series of mudflows, leading to 23 deaths and causing $177 million in property damage. The mudslide that ravaged the unsuspecting community made national headlines, including tragic story of the Cantin family.
Kim and Dave Cantin, along with their children, Jack and Lauren, tried to escape the mudslide with their beloved dog before it reached their home. The impact separated the family, and their fates were now out of their control. Kim Cantin woke up alone, half buried in a pile of mud, boulders and debris that had carried her away from where her home once stood, unaware if any of her family had survived.
After being rescued that morning, Kim learned that, miraculously, her teenage daughter had been found, buried alive, by search and rescue teams. However, soon the tragic news of her husband’s passing came, and the gravity of her new reality was heavy to bear, but she kept hoping that her missing son would soon be found. The devastating aftermath of the Cantin tragedy has lead to a three and a half year journey to find her son’s remains, fueled by love, faith, determination, unconventional support and unexpected wisdom.
Where Yellow Flowers Bloom
In her new book, Where The Yellow Flowers Bloom, Kim Cantin shares how her new family of two struggled to start anew, and how her daughter Lauren is now the embodiment of the strength and wisdom as a result of the tragedy. From arranging and performing for celebrity fundraisers for other mudslide victims, to immersing herself in her singing, Lauren has embraced her healing process in profound ways.
Cantin also shares stories of the generous help she received in the search for, and ultimate discovery of, her son’s remains from friends and community members, rescue professionals, intuitive mediums and a university anthropology professor and students.
A heartfelt testament of a mother’s love and a wife’s devotion in the midst of sudden loss and trauma, Where Yellow Flowers Bloom offers an enlightened perspective on mortality. Through Kim’s patience, perseverance and willingness to be open to help and to heal, she confirms love’s ability to connect and transcend beyond life.
Now, I am aware of love coming to and through me more than ever before. I’m more present in the moment. Losing my son and husband, and meeting so many people who supported Lauren and me through our loss and during our search, opened me up to seeing and feeling more deeply.
Kim Cantin had a 20-year profession in sales and marketing leadership in medical devices for a Fortune 500 organization. She met her beloved husband, Dave, at Johnson and Johnson, and they began a family with two incredible children and their goofy dog.
Kim set up her own successful marketing consulting firm became a senior director of marketing for Teleflex Urology.
After survivng the mudslide of January 2018 that devastated her life, she felt a sense of urgency to share her experiences with her book, Where Yellow Flowers Bloom, with the hope that it will help and inspire others.
An active member of the Santa Barbara community, when Kim isn’t spending time with her daughter, friends or family, she is with her two dogs.
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