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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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Healing a Friend or Loved One's Grieving Heart After a Cancer Diagnosis: 100 Practical Ideas for Providing Compassion, Comfort, and Care

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it's hard to know what to do. What should you say? What shouldn't you say? How can you help? This book by beloved grief counselor and cancer survivor Dr. Alan Wolfelt and co-author Dr. Kirby Duvall will help you understand the normal and natural grief your friend is experiencing.


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Honoring, Remembering, Healing Brochure

This brochure is for the families you serve.  It makes a perfect take-away companion to the poster "Honoring, Remembering, Healing."  

Pack of 100 Brochures


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My Pet Died: A Coloring Book - Bulk Order Discount (25 copies)

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The death of a pet can be particularly difficult for children, and the stronger the relationship between child and pet, the more the child will grieve when the pet dies. This coloring book for kids will help them express their feelings about the pet's death and learn about both the joy--and the pain--that comes from caring for others, including our precious companion animals.

Bulk Order Discount • 25 copies


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My Pet Died: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children

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The death of a pet can be particularly difficult for children, and the stronger the relationship between child and pet, the more the child will grieve when the pet dies. This coloring book for kids will help them express their feelings about the pet's death and learn about both the joy--and the pain--that comes from caring for others, including our precious companion animals.

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Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How Caregivers Can Companion Traumatized Grievers Through Catch-Up Mourning

In this guide for counselors and caregivers, Dr. Alan Wolfelt reframes PTSD as a form of grief. Helping PTSD sufferers mourn their unacknowledged and “carried” grief over the traumatic events that caused their symptoms is the key to helping them heal. Rather than seeking to quickly treat away symptoms of PTSD, caregivers who follow Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” philosophy will instead see the natural and necessary PTSD symptoms as indications that the sufferer needs additional support and encouragement to express himself. This holistic new approach acknowledges clinical PTSD treatments as part of the solution while emphasizing that authentic mourning is the primary and most essential healer.

This is a pre-order. Copies of the book will ship in mid-October when the inventory arrives. All other books in the same order will ship immediately unless otherwise specified.


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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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Under Reconstruction Pin

In days gone by, people mourning the death of someone loved wore black clothing or armbands. This signaled their grief to others and communicated their need for understanding and support. Sadly, such conventions have fallen out of style.

 

This pin again provides a way for you to communicate your loss.

 

When someone you love dies, you are torn apart. You face the painful challenge of reconstructing yourself. When others see your pin and ask, “’Under Reconstruction’…what does that mean?”, you will have the healing opportunity to share your story of love and loss and embrace the empathy you are offered in return.

 

To order 10 or more, please call (970) 226-6050 for our bulk rate options.


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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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