Companion Press announces the publication of a new book entitled A Tale of Two Funerals: The Throw Rug and the Tapestry, by renowned grief educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Written specifically for funeral directors, funeral service leaders, and funeral home staff members, the book tells the fictional story of the funeral of 82-year-old Carol Williams. After her death, her children call Knight & Day Funeral Home to make arrangements, and courtesy of a Twilight-Zonesque space-time anomaly, the Williams family ends up concurrently planning and holding two funerals for Carol—one arranged by funeral director Sam Standard and the other by funeral director Grace Gatekeeper. Through this engaging story, readers will learn the importance of educating families about the purposes and elements of funerals, from the moment of the family’s first call to the funeral through the transfer, arrangement process, and the funeral itself.

Author, educator, and funeral service consultant Dr. Alan Wolfelt serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. The author of Educating the Families You Serve About the WHY of the Funeral: A Guide for Funeral Home Staff and many other resources on the importance of meaningful funerals in helping grieving people heal, Dr. Wolfelt is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well. He is also available for presentations and trainings on this important topic. He conducts an annual funeral director training program on the “WHY” of the funeral in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 2017 training will be held June 12-14. For more information on presentations and trainings or to receive a descriptive brochure, call the Center for Loss at 970.226.6050, visit, or e-mail Dr. Wolfelt directly at

A Tale of Two Funerals is available in both softcover and e-book formats. Bulk pricing is available for funeral service organizations interested in disseminating this book to their teams. To order and to learn more about Dr. Wolfelt’s books and other resources, visit or call (970) 226-6050.