Our director, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, has been recognized as one of North America’s leading death educators, authors and grief counselors. His compassionate messages about healing in grief—based on his own personal losses as well has his professional experience supporting children, teens, adults, and families over the last three decades—speak not only to the intellect but to the hearts of all who hear him. Perhaps best known for his model of “companioning” versus “treating” mourners, Dr. Wolfelt is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well.
Founder and Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, Dr. Wolfelt presents numerous educational workshops each year for hospices, hospitals, schools, universities, funeral homes, community groups, and a variety of other organizations. He also teaches the bereavement caregiver trainings described on this website in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Wolfelt is a popular media resource who regularly provides his expertise to many top-tier television shows, newspapers, and magazines. Check out our News page for some of the recent articles he has been featured in. A past recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, Dr. Wolfelt is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine.
A prolific author, Dr. Wolfelt is a regular contributor to several journals. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. We invite you to visit the Companion Bookstore to learn more about his helpful books, DVDs, audiobooks, and the popular “Helping Series” brochures. Dr. Wolfelt and his wife, Sue, a family physician, are parents to three children. They live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door to the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Email Dr. Alan Wolfelt.