Center For Loss & Life Transition
3735 Broken Bow Road
Fort Collins, Colorado  80526
Phone: (970) 226-6050   Fax: 800-922-6051
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Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training

Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

Dr. Wolfelt explains that our modern understanding of grief all too often conveys that at bereavement’s “end” the mourner has completed a series of tasks, extinguished pain, and established new relationships. Our psychological models emphasize “recovery” or “resolution” in grief, suggesting a return to “normalcy.”

2016: March 7-10, June 6-9, October 3-6 (Fort Collins, CO), December 5-8 (Scottsdale, AZ)

2017: April 3-6, September 11-14 (Fort Collins, CO)

2018: April 9-12, September 10-13 (Fort Collins, CO)


This course is a suggested foundational course for all other Center for Loss courses. However, we realize that for certain caregivers, taking just one or two of our specialty courses (such as Support Group Facilitator Training or Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Grief) without first completing Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training may make the most sense. Please call, write, or e-mail us if you would like to discuss your unique needs.

Whether you are new to the experience of caring for those in grief or are a veteran bereavement caregiver, we invite you to participate in this popular seminar. Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training explores a wide range of topics related to bereavement caregiving, including:

  • Exploring North America’s modern understanding of grief and loss
  • Introduction to the tenets of “companioning” versus “treating”
  • Understanding attachment and love influences on grief
  • Misconceptions surrounding grief and loss
  • Unique influences on grief: the whys of the journey
  • Exploring the six central needs of mourning and the companioning helping role
  • Introduction to the family systems perspective
  • Encouraging self-compassion in mourners
  • Activating the use of support systems
  • Exploring reconciliation versus resolution
  • Acknowledging the transformative nature of grief

Dr. Wolfelt’s bereavement caregiving philosophy is based on what he has termed “companioning.” All of the practical topics covered in this course will be viewed through the companioning lens, and the companioning tenets will be introduced and explored. Graduates of this comprehensive seminar will return home with a multitude of newly refined skills and abilities. This is a very popular seminar, so early application is a must!

Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Wolfelt’s book Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers


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“As an experienced grief specialist, I wasn’t sure I needed the Comprehensive Bereavement Skills seminar, but I learned so much! Alan’s ability to understand and see clearly about companioning created the framework that enhanced the rest of the seminars I took for my Death & Grief Studies Certificate. I highly recommend it to anyone working in the grief community.”
— A Bereavement SpecialistComprehensive Bereavement Course“I’m glad I took the Comprehensive Bereavement Skills class first! It helped me to understand the depth and intensity of companioning. For me, Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training was like the foundation of a house—everything built on top of it.”
— A Hospice Social WorkerColorado Mountains

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