Talks & Events

We are proud to offer free talks to our community on a variety of topics. Coping with loss through the holidays, recovering from grief and loss, the Grief Recovery Method®, pet loss support, and PTSD treatment are just a few of the topics we speak about. Feel free to contact us for further information about our upcoming talks and events.

2-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women | Edmonton, AB | Sept 14-15, 2019

Grief is a deeply painful, lonely, and isolating experience.

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. When someone we care about dies, our relationship ends in divorce, or we experience any of the other 40 forms of loss, we often feel unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with our emotions.

You may be grieving due to one or more of the following losses,

  • death
  • divorce or romantic break-up
  • infidelity
  • pet loss
  • financial change
  • job loss
  • career change
  • moving
  • infertility
  • pregnancy loss
  • loss of health, illness, or injury
  • retirement
  • loss of childhood
  • loss of trust, safety, or control, or
  • loss of faith

Among the many normal reactions we experience after loss include,

  • emotional and physical exhaustion
  • loss of energy and motivation
  • reduced concentration
  • numbness
  • isolation
  • changes in eating and sleeping, and
  • a rollercoaster of emotional energy

Sadly, a majority of us have not been taught how to heal our emotional pain after loss.

Instead, we are told to “move on”, “keep busy”, “be strong”, “wait for time to heal” and eventually, “get over it”. This misinformation further isolates us in our pain and distracts us from our healing.

The wonderful news is, grief does not have to be a life sentence of suffering.

There are actionable tools that can help you to move beyond the pain and heal your heart after loss. Our transformational workshop is a safe and supportive space for you to examine what you’ve been taught about loss, to explore your beliefs about grief, and to complete a set of actions that will enable you to move forward in your life with hope. Once equipped with these tools, you will be able to work through other losses that you may have experienced in your past.

You will take new action within the comfort of a group of women who have all experienced loss.

The heart-to-heart connection that is formed among people who are experiencing parallel emotions, is a powerful force in our willingness to be vulnerable, courageous, and accountable in our healing. It is deeply moving to heal our wounds in partnerships and truly escape the isolation and loneliness that we often feel when we are grieving.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to,

  • Expand your understanding of what grief is and the various types of loss that can create feelings of grief
  • Deepen your understanding of the emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual impact of grief
  • Strengthen your foundation of healthy grieving and coping
  • Demystify and modify limiting beliefs about effective recovery from loss
  • Communicate your emotional truth regarding your losses
  • Share your story in a safe, confidential, and supportive space
  • Identify the losses in your life that are emotionally incomplete
  • Deepen your self-awareness and your awareness in relationships
  • Identify the emotional and behavioural habits that are not serving your healing
  • Assume new ownership in your healing and in your life
  • Take action to emotionally complete your relationship with a person who died, from whom you are now divorced, or any other circumstance
  • Develop lifelong strategies to complete other losses in your life
  • Renew your sense of hope and purpose in life
  • Feel heard and seen by others without judgment, criticism, or analysis

Your workshop facilitator is Ashley Mielke, Registered Psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, and the Founder and Director of the Grief and Trauma Healing Centre Inc. in Edmonton, AB.

Ashley was called to her purpose during a deeply painful time in her life. After years of witnessing her father struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, he died by suicide when she was just 23. In her deepest moments of sorrow, Ashley could not have fathomed that her father’s suicide would be her invitation to a life of service, purpose, and wholehearted living.

Since her father’s death in 2010, Ashley has committed her life to helping hundreds of human beings across Canada courageously take action to move beyond the pain caused by loss. Ashley has facilitated hundreds of Grief Recovery® workshops and has witnessed the incredible transformation in those whom she’s had the privilege of working with.

Ashley leads with compassion, courage, and vulnerability and aims to inspire and instill hope through her story of overcoming. Nothing makes Ashley feel more alive and grateful than the opportunity to impact others lives through the shared human experience of loss.

Your investment for participating is,

$495 with registration by August 16, 2019

$595 with registration by September 13, 2019

Registration includes all materials, coffee, tea, and healthy snacks. Lunch is not included.

You will also receive an invoice after the workshop that can submitted for reimbursement under psychology services if you have benefits coverage.

For registration and payment, please call (780) 288 – 8011. Full refunds are available up until one week prior to the event.

Whether you are grieving due to a recent loss or a loss from long ago, it is never too soon or too late to heal your heart.

We welcome you to participate in our experiential 2-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women scheduled for Sept 14-15, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre Inc. Location is subject to change dependent upon the number of participants attending.

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Helping Children Deal with Loss – A Four-Week Educational Series | 2019 Dates

To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for caregivers.

Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss. The Helping Children Deal with Loss series allows for an opportunity to free children from the false sense of “not feeling bad” and to empower them with effective methods of dealing with loss.

There are many life experiences that can produce feelings of grief in a child including,

  • death
  • caregiver divorce or separation
  • moving
  • pet loss
  • a change in schools
  • loss of an important item
  • the loss of a peer or a peer group
  • romantic break-up
  • academic challenges
  • loss of trust, safety, or control, and
  • loss of faith

These, along with numerous other losses, may result in many normal reactions within a child which may include,

  • emotional and physical exhaustion
  • loss of energy and motivation
  • reduced concentration
  • numbness
  • isolation
  • changes in eating and sleeping
  • academic difficulties
  • a rollercoaster of emotional energy, and
  • irritability or aggression

 Sadly, many caregivers feel at a loss when it comes to supporting these reactions.

We tell our children the same messages we were told when we were grieving including, “move on”, “keep busy”, “be strong”, “wait for time to heal” and sometimes, “get over it”. While our intentions are good, many of these messages do not reflect the actual feelings of the child. This misinformation can further isolate them in their pain and distract them from their healing. 

The wonderful news is, no matter the reason or degree of severity, if a child you care about is grieving, the guidelines examined in this four-week series can make a difference.

Helping Children Deal with Loss is a supportive program that will provide you with the tools that will allow you to explore new ways of recognizing grief within your child and help them to heal their heart after loss. As you progress through the series, you will learn a complete a set of actions that will enable you to assist your child in moving forward in their life with a heart full of hope.

You will take new action within an environment of other caregivers whose children have experienced a loss.

The connections and empathy formed between caregivers who are all striving to provide the best possible opportunities for their children provides powerful feelings of togetherness and support. It is within this environment that you can take the brave steps of examining your current understandings and beliefs about grief so as to make room for new possibilities in your understanding of healing and recovery.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to,

  • Expand your understanding of what grief is and the various types of loss that can create feelings of grief in children
  • Strengthen your knowledge of healthy grieving and coping in children
  • Demystify and modify limiting beliefs about a child’s effective recovery from loss
  • Learn to help your child communicate their emotional truth regarding their losses
  • Share your thoughts and processes in a safe, confidential, and supportive space
  • Identify the losses in your child’s life that are emotionally incomplete
  • Deepen your awareness of your child’s level of coping and process towards recovery
  • Identify the emotional and behavioural habits that are not serving your child’s healing
  • Assume a new ability to empower your child through their recovery journey
  • Take action to help your child emotionally complete a relationship over which they are grieving
  • Develop lifelong strategies to relate to others who are grieving
  • Renew your sense of hope in your child’s ability to heal and recover
  • Feel heard and seen by others without judgment, criticism, or analysis

Sessions occur on 4 consecutive evenings at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre office.

Our next session begins (TBD)

Your investment for participating in the entire series is $195.00 ($25/hour).

Your investment includes 8 hours of facilitation and all workshop materials.

Helping Children Deal with Loss is not a drop-in style workshop. Weekly attendance and commitment are required for you to gain the most benefit. This workshop is for adults only.

For registration and payment, please call (780) 288 – 8011. Full refunds are available up until one week prior to the event.

Whether your child is grieving due to a recent loss or a loss from long ago, it is never too soon or too late to heal their heart.

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