The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner: Eleven Essential Principles


This inspiring handbook explores Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care and contrasts it with the traditional “treatment” model. Concise and engaging, this is a primer designed to spread the companioning philosophy among everyone who walks alongside mourners— counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral home staff, friends and family members. Join the companioning movement, which is transforming our mourning-avoidant North American culture into one that embraces the normal, necessary and transformative journey through grief.



Caregivers around the world are talking about the companioning model of grief care:

“Dr. Wolfelt’s companioning philosophy resonates with my spirit and makes my heart sing.”

“Finally, a model of caregiving that is inherently compassionate and heart-based, not head-based.”

“I have put this philosophy of care into action and been amazed at the results.”

“We need to advocate for this model of care throughout the world. I’m going to get these loving tenets into the hands of as many people as I possibly can.”

“I attended the training on this model of caregiving at Dr. Wolfelt’s Center for Loss and returned home humbled and touched by my experience. Thank you so much for your efforts to humanize the care of people wounded by loss and grief.”

Additional Information

Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions7.25 × 5.75 × 0.5 in
Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions7.25 × 5.75 × 0.5 in

ISBN: 978-1-879651-61-6

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Hardcover

Number of Pages: 117

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