Welcome to the Center for Loss & Life Transition

Led by grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we are an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them. Perhaps someone you love has died, or you want to help a grieving friend or family member. Or maybe you are a professional or volunteer grief caregiver. Either way, we are here to offer resources and understanding. We invite you to explore our website and call us at (970) 226-6050 if you have any questions. Thank you for visiting. We hope to meet you in person one day.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt

About Dr. Wolfelt

Our director, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, is a respected grief counselor, educator, and author. He founded the Center for Loss in 1984 to offer education and support both to grievers and bereavement caregivers. He is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing as well as his companioning philosophy of grief care. Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief-related topics, offers trainings for caregivers, and has written many bestselling books and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people.



Learn more about our four-day educational seminars for bereavement caregivers, taught by Dr. Wolfelt


Explore Dr. Wolfelt’s books and other materials on grief and loss.

Grief Basics

Learn about the fundamentals of grief and mourning.

I'm Grieving

Although grief is painful, it is also normal and necessary. Love and grief go hand-in-hand.

Trainings with Dr. Wolfelt

Come learn how to “companion” people in grief from renowned educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Hear Dr. Wolfelt Speak

Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief and loss all across North America. Check our calendar for upcoming events.


Dr. Wolfelt has written dozens of books on many aspects of grief and loss. Browse our bookstore!

Recent News

Dr. Wolfelt in the News: Grief and Social Distancing

Dr. Wolfelt is pleased to have been interviewed about funerals and grief in the time of coronavirus in a recent article for the IndyStar. The article, "Grief and social distancing: How Indiana funeral homes are helping families seek closure” can be found on here.

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Nurturing Hope in Difficult Times

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.” — Pliny the Elder   The caller to the Center for Loss asked a question that is on the hearts of many right now: “Are we going to get through this?” It became obvious as the...

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Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. That’s what we’re all feeling right now—grief. It’s important to recognize that. Grief is everything we think and feel inside of us whenever our...

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