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Roadshow In-Depth: Finding Meaning in the Mess of Grief

November 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Grief is one of the messiest, painful, most unpredictable experiences for those of us left behind after a loss. This universal experience is not talked about nearly enough, and we want to change that. We will spend some time walking with you through both the science that lies underneath grief, why it tends to be so hard, and just how to brave those waves in even the darkest days. Finally, we will land in a word often not paired with grief: joy, and just why finding joy again is often where meaning lives and healing happens.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.

Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.


Jessica Janzen is a motivational speaker, published author and a ‘serial-perneur’. She and her husband, Hot Ronnie, are the founders of the Love for Lewiston Foundation. After losing their son Lewiston almost five years ago she decided that she would stop wasting time and get moving on her big dreams and following the nudges of her heart. Her clothing line – The Lewiston Label highlights the life lessons Lewiston taught her. The foundation is impacting lives across Canada and supporting critical research and medical needs for families fighting Spinal Muscular Atrophy and AB Children’s Hospital Foundation. To date in just four years they have raised over $1.1 million dollars. She loves spending time with family, soaking up sunshine, being by water – and dreaming really big always with the daily focus to run towards the roar with joy.

This online workshop may be used for Continuing Education credits.


Purchase BOTH Roadshow In-Depth online sessions (15% discount)

$85 for members of AHPCA

$170 for non-members

Go here to buy the two-session bundle


Attend this single Roadshow online session

$50 for members of AHPCA

$100 for non-members

Want the 50% membership discount? Buy a membership first!

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November 16
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association