As founders we bring so much lived experience with us. We know first hand how powerful it is when someone simply bears witness to your pain. We bring with us no judgement, no shame, no stigma. We just bring love, understanding, a bunch of swear words, and maybe some chocolate. We get it and we are here for you.

Crying Out Loud is co-founded by the four of us – Shannon Culver, Sarah Keast, Alexie Landry and Janice Tsao. We met through the shared experience of losing a partner at a young age. As we navigated the complicated world of young widowhood, we found support and community in each other, as well as a common desire to prioritize our mental wellbeing, even in the face of trauma and heartbreak.

Our journeys have been marked by sorrow, joy, humour and anger. We are learning to love, trust, build confidence, and raise little humans who themselves will face a lifetime of navigating the loss of a parent. Yes, our lives are complicated, but through it all we continue to learn about compassion, kindness, community, connection and the importance of embracing the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Thanks for being a part of our journey.


Crying Out Loud tells the rich stories of hardship and well-being through a selection of thoughtfully curated products that promote both self-care, and care of others. Our mission to redefine the journey of mental wellness is one that includes chocolate and expletives alongside meditation and essential oils. The goal isn’t to strive for perfection, but to achieve a healthy balance that allows us to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

In addition to our retail offerings, we offer workshops and community events promoting wellness through learning and social connection.

Nurturing the heart (joy, comfort), head (mental health, knowledge), and hand (community, skill building), Crying Out Loud is a destination where you can find real, compassionate help to navigate all of life’s messiness.