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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...

This Pandemic of Grief

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. The coronavirus is not only causing a viral pandemic—it is giving rise to a pandemic of grief. As I write this, in mid-March, we as a global community are suffering so many losses that I hardly know where to begin. Death and grief go...

Eleven Tenets of Companioning the Bereaved

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Tenet One: Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.   Tenet Two: Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being’ it is not...

New 2018-2019 Training Catalog Released

Dr. Wolfelt invites you to his upcoming bereavement care trainings. They’re filling quickly. Register soon! Come learn from the founder of the Companioning Model of grief care. We will continue to offer trainings in both Fort Collins, Colorado and Scottsdale,...

Dr. Wolfelt honors Jan C. Scruggs

This year’s Lasting Impact Award, presented by The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Education Foundation, was presented to Jan C. Scruggs, the driving force behind the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Dr. Wolfelt was...

In Praise of Slow Funerals

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Have you ever noticed that we are speed-obsessed these days, even though faster is often not better? A century ago, the Industrial Revolution brought about mass production and with it an emphasis on speed, efficiency, and productivity....

Center for Loss 2017 Training Schedule Announced!

The Center for Loss and Life Transition provides quality bereavement care training for caregivers. Dr. Wolfelt’s seminars have evolved out of a demand for concise yet comprehensive information in the growing area of death education and counseling. If you want to learn...

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   When someone we have admired from afar dies, it’s normal and natural to experience grief. This article will help you understand your thoughts and feelings over the death of a celebrity and find healing ways to mourn.   What is...

New Training Catalog Available!

The new 2017-2018 Training Catalog is here! You can check out the digital files below, or contact us to request hard copies at (970) 226-6050 or training@centerforloss.com Click here to download a PDF of the catalog.

Why Is the Funeral Ritual Important?

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “When words are inadequate, have a ritual.”  — Author Unknown Rituals are symbolic activities that help us, together with our families and friends, express our deepest thoughts and feelings about life’s most important events.  Baptism...

Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Stillbirth is a profound loss Few events in life bring about such warm and wonderful feelings of anticipation as the announcement of a pregnancy. As soon as you and your family learned you were expecting, you naturally began to have...