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For Bereavement Caregivers

These inspiring books explore Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care and contrasts it with the traditional “treatment” model. Concise and engaging, these books are designed to spread the companioning philosophy among everyone who walks alongside mourners - counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral home staff, friends and family members.

The Companioning Series
The Companioning Series
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Funeral Planning and Support
Funeral Planning and Support
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Griefwords
Griefwords

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Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers and Chaplains in the Hospital Setting

Many OB caregivers feel unprepared to handle the intensity of perinatal loss. Most hospitals have bereavement care standards but offer little instruction in following them. Written by seasoned support nurses, Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss outlines a framework for bereavement care in the obstetrical arena. Based on Dr. Wolfelt's principles of companioning, it describes loss from the family's perspective, defines the caregiver's role, offers bedside strategies and reviews the work of mourning in the weeks and months after. Real-life stories teach what is important during times of intense sorrow.


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Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

This book by one of North America's most respected grief educators presents a model for grief counseling based on his "companioning" principles.

For many mental healthcare providers, grief in contemporary society has been medicalized—perceived as if it were an illness that with proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment could be cured.

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."


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Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

Dr. Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this compassionate, child-centered guide. In lieu of the traditional medical model, Dr. Wolfelt encourages counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a "companioning" philosophy, in which the child is the real expert of his or her grief. Based on Dr. Wolfelt's well-known tenets of companioning, this new resource helps caregivers, family members, teachers, and others support grieving children so they can live well, love well, and mourn well.


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Companioning You! A Soulful Guide to Caring for Yourself While You Care for the Dying and the Bereaved

Based on Dr. Wolfelt's unique and highly regarded philosophy of "companioning" versus treating mourners, this self-care guide for professional and lay caregivers emphasizes the importance of taking good care of yourself as a precursor to taking good care of others.


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Finding the Words: How to talk with children and teens about death, suicide, funerals, homicide, cremation, and other end-of-life matters

It's hard to talk to children and teens about death and dying, particularly when someone they love has died or might die soon. Our instinct as caring adults may be to shelter them from painful truths. Yet as Dr. Wolfelt emphasizes, what kids need most is our honesty and our loving presence.


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Sarah's Journey: One Child's Experience with the Death of Her Father

Eight-year-old Sarah Johnson had always been her “daddy’s little girl”—until the tragic day her father was killed in a car accident. Based on the belief that each child has the need to mourn in his or her own way, this book describes Sarah’s grief experience and offers compassionate, practical advice for adults on topics such as regressive behaviors, explosive emotions, children and funerals, the grieving child at school and more.


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The Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book: Activities to Help Children and Teens Heal

Based on Dr. Wolfelt's six needs of mourning and written to pair with Companioning the Grieving Child, this comprehensive guide provides hundreds of hands-on activities tailored for grieving children in three age groups: early childhood, elementary, and teens.

Written by Patricia Morrissey, M.S. Ed.; Foreword by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D


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The Companioning the Grieving Child Set

This set includes Dr. Wolfelt's resource for helping children in grief, Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers, and the companion activity book, The Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book.

A perfect set for caregivers and companions to grieving children!  


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The Depression of Grief: Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help

This compassionate book explores the important distinction between normal, depressive grief versus clinical depression. Dr. Wolfelt helps the reader understand that whether they are experiencing the normal sadness of grief or clinical depression, there is help and there is hope. This is a must-read for both the mourner in need of insight and the caregiver who will learn more about this critically important aspect of grief care.

 


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The Mourner's Bill of Rights Wallet Cards
This handy wallet card helps mourners remember that each person’s grief is unique and that they have the right to move toward their grief and heal.

The cards fold to credit card size and make tasteful and economical give-aways.

Pack of 50


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The Pet Lovers Code: Ten Inalienable Rights After the Death of a Special Companion Animal

Wallet cards to keep with you at all times and share with others grieving the death of a beloved pet.

The cards fold to credit card size and make tasteful and economical give-aways.

Pack of 50


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The Transcending Divorce Support Group Guide: Meeting Plans for Facilitators

This book is for those who want to facilitate an effective divorce group. It includes 12 meeting plans that interface with Dr. Wolfelt's Transcending Divorce book and its companion journal.


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The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading a Bereavement Support Group

For bereavement caregivers who want to start and run an effective grief support group for adults, this new Support Group Guide discusses the role of support groups for mourners and describes the steps involved (such as deciding on group format, publicizing the group and writing meeting plans) in getting a group started. Responding to problems in the group is also addressed, as is a model for evaluating your group's progress.

This Guide includes potential meeting plans that interface with Understanding Your Grief and the companion journal as texts for group participants. This Support Group Guide is a must for all bereavement group leaders.


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The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner: Eleven Essential Principles

This inspiring handbook explores Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care and contrasts it with the traditional “treatment” model. Concise and engaging, this is a primer designed to spread the companioning philosophy among everyone who walks alongside mourners— counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral home staff, friends and family members.

Join the companioning movement, which is transforming our mourning-avoidant North American culture into one that embraces the normal, necessary and transformative journey through grief. Caregivers around the world are talking about the companioning model of grief care:

“Dr. Wolfelt’s companioning philosophy resonates with my spirit and makes my heart sing.” “Finally, a model of caregiving that is inherently compassionate and heart-based, not head-based.”

“I have put this philosophy of care into action and been amazed at the results.”

“We need to advocate for this model of care throughout the world. I’m going to get these loving tenets into the hands of as many people as I possibly can.”

“I attended the training on this model of caregiving at Dr. Wolfelt’s Center for Loss and returned home humbled and touched by my experience. Thank you so much for your efforts to humanize the care of people wounded by loss and grief.”


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Living in the Shadow of the Ghosts of Grief - Step into the Light: Reconcile old losses and open the door to infinite joy and love

So often we try to dance around our grief. This book offers the reader a safe place to do the healing work of “catch-up” mourning, opening the door to a life of freedom, authenticity and purpose.
— Kim Farris-Luke, bereavement coordinator

Are you depressed? Anxious? Angry? Do you have trouble with trust and intimacy? Do you feel a lack of meaning and purpose in your life? You may well be living in the shadow of the ghosts of grief.

This compassionate guide will help you learn to identify and mourn your carried grief so you can go on to live the joyful, whole life you deserve.


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Afterwords... Helping Yourself Heal: English

A compassionate, affordable aftercare booklet for hospices, hospitals and funeral homes. 

Click through for bulk pricing options.


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Bereavement Support Group Start-Up Package

For bereavement support group leaders and participants, this package contains two copies of The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide and ten copies each of Understanding Your Grief and The Understanding Your Grief Journal. Subsequent orders of 10 or more copies of Understanding Your Grief and the journal receive a 15% discount.


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Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences: A Guide for Caregivers

This revised, updated version of Dr. Wolfelt's groundbreaking Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies includes current statistics as well as an introduction to the concept of funerals not just as ceremonies, but as experiences. The book explores the ways in which personalized funerals transform mourners. It also reviews qualities in caregivers that make them effective celebrants and funeral planners and provides practical. ideas for creating authentic, personalized and meaningful funeral experiences.


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Companioning the Dying: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers (Paperback)

Based on the assumption that all dying experiences belong not to the caregivers but to those who are dying—and that there is no such thing as a "good death" or a "bad death," Companioning the Dying helps readers bring a respectful, nonjudgmental presence to the dying while liberating them from self-imposed or popular expectations to say or do the right thing.

Written with candor and wit by hospice counselor Greg Yoder (who has companioned several hundred dying people and their families), Companioning the Dying exudes a compassion and a clarity that can only come from intimate work with the dying. The book teaches through reallife stories that will resonate with both experienced clinical professionals as well as laypeople in the throes of caring for a dying loved one.


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A Teen's View of Grief DVD

Written by and featuring Dr. Wolfelt, this 40-minute video on teen grief contains in-depth information and compassionate advise. Throughout, Dr. Wolfelt’s teachings are interspersed with comments from actual bereaved teens.


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