Founded in 1983 by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to “companioning” grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help both mourners, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and both professional caregivers and lay people, by serving as an educational resource and professional forum.
Located in the Rocky Mountain foothills on the western edge of Fort Collins, Colorado, the Center for Loss serves its mission through a combination of workshops and publications.
Our founder and director, Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt has created a model of “companioning” versus “treating” people in grief and presents numerous workshops each year for hospices, hospitals, schools, universities, funeral homes, community groups and a variety of other organizations that want to provide grief education to community members, area professionals and staff members. He also teaches 4-day trainings in Colorado for bereavement caregivers. These popular courses are the culmination of his passion for and years of experience in grief counseling. Now he focuses on teaching others to “companion” those in grief.
Dr. Wolfelt is also the author of many books and resources that are helpful to both caregivers and grieving people.
At this time, Dr. Wolfelt is unable to see new counseling clients. However, we are here to assist you in getting the support that will benefit you in your grief journey. We have outlined below some resources that we have found are often helpful for those seeking support:
- Our “Companion” Database. We have a growing referral list of individuals who have graduated from our training courses and earned the Death and Grief Studies Certificate. Some of the graduates may not provide direct care, but they may still be able to refer you to grief counselors in their region or area. Also, there may or may not be someone from our database in your region, but we are happy to check for you!
- ADEC.org. The Association for Death Education and Counseling also has a database of members and certified grief counselors. Some of their members may not provide direct care, but they may still be able to refer you to grief counselors in their region or area.
- Local hospices or funeral homes. Oftentimes your local hospice or funeral home will have information about what bereavement resources are available near you. They may even be able to offer you services such as support groups and counseling through their organization.
We’ve tried to provide comprehensive information about all our services on this website. But as “people-people,” we also know there’s no substitute for a human voice when you have questions. So please call us at (970) 226-6050. Our office hours are 8 am to 4 pm Mountain time, Monday through Friday. We hope to hear from you soon.