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.

Two-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women | Date TBD

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 brave women who have all experienced loss.

The heart-to-heart connection that is formed among women 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.

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 $795.00 ($50.00/hour). You will receive $50 off if you register early.

Your investment includes 16 hours of facilitation, workshop materials, coffee, tea, and daily lunch. Additionally, you will receive an invoice that can be submitted to your insurance or extended healthcare provider for reimbursement under “Psychology Services”.

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 Two-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women scheduled for (Date TBD) from 8:30am to 5:30pm daily at the Healing Connections Wellness Centre (10548 – 115 St NW, Edmonton, AB).

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8-Week Grief Recovery® Peer Support Group | September 11, 2018 | 6pm

We are deeply passionate about facilitating the emotional healing and recovery for those who have been affected by loss of any kind. We know all too well how painful, isolating, and lonely grief can feel, having experienced life-altering losses of our own.

You may be grieving due to a:

  • death
  • divorce
  • romantic break-up
  • pet loss
  • job loss
  • financial change
  • loss of trust
  • loss of faith
  • loss of health
  • loss of childhood

or any of the other 33 losses that can create the feelings of grief.

You may discover after reading the list above that you are grieving as a result of an accumulation of many losses over time. This is completely normal and natural, as we don’t often associate “grief” with losses other than death.

The 8-Week Grief Recovery Method® Program is an educational, heart-centred, action-oriented program that will equip you with the tools to complete a relationship that has ended or changed due to death, divorce, or any other circumstance.

Emotional completion allows you to discover and say goodbye to any undelivered communications, pain, isolation, loneliness, and fear that is keeping you stuck. Your undelivered communications may be anything you wish had ended differently, better, or more, or any unrealizable hopes and dreams you may have had, but are now crushed due to death, divorce, or other circumstances. Completion allows you to carry forth any fond memories of the relationship and talk about the person or relationship without your feelings turning painful. It offers the opportunity for new meaning, purpose, and hope moving forward.

A group setting offers you an opportunity to share and connect on a heart-to-heart level with others who have also been affected by loss. It is a warm, safe, and open space for you to feel heard without judgment, criticism, and analysis.

It is not time in itself that heals our wounds, it is the actions we take within time that does. Thus, our program requires total commitment. Your weekly participation is vital for maximum benefit in the healing and recovery process.

We welcome you to join Psychology Intern and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, Gina Baretta, in participating in this transformative 8-week program that begins September 11, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Your investment for participating is $395 ($25/hour).

For registration and payment, please call (780) 288 – 8011. Full refunds are available up until 7 days prior to the commencement of the group.

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