My name is Mike Wadel and I have been a grief recovery specialist since 2004. I was trained and mentored by former National and International Grief Recovery Method Trainer, the late Dr. Nancy Martin.
My grief recovery journey began when Nancy came to my office asking me to produce a video for her (my wife and I own an ad agency) about grief recovery... and because she had a non profit, she wanted it for FREE. As I rolled my eyes and scrambled to find excuses as to why I was just too covered up to help her "at this time", she asked me not to make a decision until I took her class to see what she was talking about. My will power gave way and I attended the class, intent on it being a fact finding mission... and boy did I find facts.
The fact was that I was living my life out of a broken heart.
The fact was that a heart attack at 26 years old, two divorces, devestated children, broken relationships, business struggles, by-pass surgery, betrayal, a 100 lb weight gain and a whole list of destructive bad habbits and life threatening addictions were symptoms of the undiagnosed emotional cancer that had kept me in a perpetual spiral of self destructive behavior, mood swings and bad choices.. I had always felt as though I was meant to soar, but instead I kept nailing my feet to the floor.
And perhaps most sadly, the fact was that I couldn't see how my unpredictible behavior kept the people I cared about consistantly on edge and pulling away.
The fact was I needed The Grief Recovery Method, and didn't have a clue.
You see, I thought I had dealt with the hurts I had experienced... I learned to suck it up and be strong. I learned when I experienced a loss, hurt or regret, I just held it inside where no one could see and I quickly replaced what was gone with another relationship or changed the situation entirely... after all, big boys don't cry.
Through this grief recovery program, I was shown that the tools I had been given to navigate the ups and downs of life were myths. I quickly realized that if I was ever going to rise out of the perpetual funk I was in, I had to learn to let go and move on... and that is where my journey began. Through the program I was given action steps that made sense and a plan to regain the quality of life I so desired. Needless to say, Nancy got the video for FREE.
Through her guidance and inspiration, I found my calling and have taught these principles in the US, Kenya, and Uganda, with plans to reach into South America and Israel. I hold a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling and am executive director of the Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery where we offer Grief Support "One on One" as well as 8 session "Grief Recovery Support Groups". We peroidacally hold specialty classes and seminars in "Pet Loss" and "Helping Children With Loss". As an Advanced Level II Grief Recovery Specialist, I am certified to provide "On-Line, One on One" grief support as well as offer "2 1/2 day Grief Recovery Personal Workshops" both Online and In Person. I also serve the Grief Recovery Institute as a GRM Specialist Trainer, and offer private trainings, workshops, webinars and more.
That's my story. I'd really love to hear yours.
Through the internet, I have been able to reach well beyond our geographical boundaries and bring this lifechanging program to people like you, all around the world.
But we are very accessable for in person classes for anyone in the Southeast United States. Chattanooga Tennessee, the Scenic City of the South serves as the hub of the many major cities in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. The Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery is centrally located (within 2+/- hours) from Nashville Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Birmingham Alabama, Atlanta Georgia, and Ashville North Carolina and locally serves area cities including Chattanooga, Cleveland, Athens, Dunlap, South Pittsburg and more in Tennessee; Ringgold, Ft. Olgethorpe, Chickamauga, Dalton, Rome, Trenton and surrounding areas in Georgia.
I’m so grateful, this has been a long time coming for me, it’s been an important journey for me personally and something I’ve wanted to be able to share with others. I began to search for grief recovery type materials 30 years ago while working in the native villages of Alaska and had a really hard time finding very helpful resources - I began reading through the book last year, and was able to sign up for training this year - this has been a huge answer to a great need, my prayers are answered! I’m so grateful to have been able to begin training! Thank you, Wildflower T. Reynolds1-on-1 SupportParticipant in The Village, Florida01/23/2023
This program provided the space to share things I’ve never spoken about before. I felt safe and heard. I appreciate being a part of such a great experience.Support GroupsParticipant in Shreveport, La01/23/2023
I had an awesome experience. I would recommend this training to anyone who has a heart to want people to heal. Grief Recovery thank you!!04/27/2022
I came into this program having been through some very difficult and traumatic losses in a very short time frame all of which I struggled to complete. Once I heard about GRM I knew it was what I had been searching for both to heal myself and to help others heal. I felt very called to do this program and to move forward to help others . The program did not disappoint. I already feel amazing and like a different person , I cant even explain it . My group made me feel safe to share things I have never shared with anyone else and would likely have never . I cant say enough good things about my experience and what this training did for me this past weekend . I am forever changed because of the gift your program gave me and I look forward to passing on this gift to many others ! Thank you!04/27/2022
The presentation, content and overall organization of the support structure were exceptional. Very well done. I look forward to presenting this methodology to grievers in the future.03/29/2022
I entered the program stuck in my regrets and had a hard time even looking at photos of my loved one because of those regrets. The program helped me let go and move through those regrets. I am finishing the program today with a lighter load and I feel confident to be able to use the methods and skills learned in completing other relationships and losses. I am feeling hopeful about my future and would highly recommend this course to others! Thank you!!2 1/2 Day Personal Workshops11/14/2021