Author, educator, and well-known consultant to funeral service Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., will share his critical message of the importance of meaningful funerals in several locations internationally in 2017.

Dr. Wolfelt will be the keynote speaker for the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand on March 1 in Rotorua, New Zealand. His presentation is titled “The Why of Meaningful Funerals: Exploring a New Model Being Used in North America.“ He will also provide two additional days of in-depth training on this topic to Association members.

He will then travel to Melbourne, Australia, on March 19, where he will present to the Australian Funeral Directors Association. He keynoted the AFDA’s 2015 convention and has been asked to return to provide additional intensive training on his body of work related to educating communities and families about the value of meaningful funerals.

In addition, while in Melbourne he will be working with the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust to help them with strategy and community education about the value of meaningful memorialization.

Next Dr. Wolfelt will travel north to the Queensland Funeral Directors Association, where on March 24-26 he will serve as keynote speaker as well as provide a community workshop for caregivers on the importance of meaningful funeral experiences.

Summer will find Dr. Wolfelt in Brazil, where on June 30 he will keynote the Brazil Funeral Directors Association convention, again emphasizing “The Why of Meaningful Funerals.”

Dr. Wolfelt serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is the author of numerous books, including A Tale of Two Funerals, Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences and Funeral Home Customer Service A-Z: Creating Exceptional Experiences for Today’s Families. Dr. Wolfelt also writes a regular column on customer service for NFDA’s The Director magazine.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Wolfelt, call (970) 226-6050 or email