May 25, Thursday
11:30 – 13:30
Budapest (CEST)

The Spiritually Transformative Nature of Grief

IEC Conference: 2023

Awakening includes the process of individuation by which we evolve from a system, culture, stage or state into higher consciousness. This process includes the experience of loss, whether ego death, loss of relationships, beliefs, structures or ways of relating to the world. Loss is inherent in human development.

Grief is a natural reaction to loss while also being spiritually transformative in its nature. This human experience is not just relegated to death, but to all forms of loss we experience in our lives, including spiritual awakening and the evolution of the planet.

It is deeply intimate, personal and spiritual while at the same time being profoundly universal. It has the power to reconnect and heal us in a deeply loving, heart-centered way.

Often left out of the conversation, grief becomes a mystery and the experiences of psychic change can feel scary or difficult to understand. As we awaken and realize that we are more like nature than we realized, it is crucial to reintegrate not only our relationship to grief, but the ways we believe the psyche works.

This presentation gives an overview of a nature based model of the spiritually transformative nature of grief and its role in the awakening process.


Hungary / United States

Dr. Mia Hetényi is a grief expert, writer, psychospiritual mentor, initiated Dagara diviner and Hungarian-American medicine woman with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the founder of the Dreaming Awake Institute and Global Online Community. Her vision is to foster conscious, loving and generative spaces for grief tending, ancestral healing and recovering our sense of interdependent humanity through remembering the healing technology of ritual and the spiritually transformative nature of grief.