Finding a Grief Counselor

Below are resources we have found are often helpful when searching for a grief counselor.

National and International Resources:

  • ADEC.org: The Association for Death Education and Counseling has a database of members and certified grief counselors. Some of their members may not provide direct care, but they may still be able to refer you to grief counselors in their region or area.
  • Local Hospices or Funeral Homes: Often your local hospice or funeral home will have information about what bereavement services are available near you. They may even be able to offer you services such as support groups and counseling through their organization.

Local Resources:

  • Our “Companion” Database: We have a growing referral list of individuals who have graduated from our training courses and earned the Death and Grief Studies Certification. Some of the graduates may not provide direct care, but they may still be able to refer you to grief counselors in their region or area.You can search our “companion” database below. Not all of our graduates are listed there, so if you do not find someone in your area, please feel free to call us at (970) 226-6050 and we will check.
  • Pathways Hospice: For mourners in the Northern Colorado area, we recommend contacting Pathways Hospice at (970) 663-3500 or pathways-care.org. They provide individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as facilitate support groups.
  • Grief Support of the Rockies: For mourners in the Northern Colorado area, we also recommend contacting Grief Support of the Rockies at (970) 235-2076 or griefsupportoftherockies.com. They offer individual and family grief support as well as support groups, presentations, and roundtable discussions on a variety of grief topics.
  • Judi’s House: For child mourners in the Denver Metro and Northern Colorado area. we recommend contacting Judi’s House at (720)941-0331 or http://www.judishouse.org. They provide grief support services to grieving children, as well as school outreach and training.
  • The HeartLight Center: For mourners in the Denver Metro area, we recommend contacting the HeartLight Center at  (720)748-9908 or http://www.heartlightcenter.org. They offer education programs for professionals and volunteer caregivers in our community.

At this time, Dr. Wolfelt is unable to see new counseling clients. However, we are here to assist you in getting the support that will help you in your grief journey. We know that sometimes there’s no substitute for a human voice when you have questions. Feel free to contact us at (970) 226-6050. Our office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mountain time, Monday through Friday.

Companion Database

First NameLast NameCredentialsLocationPhoneEmailPhone Counseling?SpecialtyOther Information
AngelaHamblenLCSWMemphis, Tennessee(901) 861-5656angela.hamblen@hmhcc.orgNOBaptist Trinity Hospice Kemmons Wilson Center for Good Grief, offer a children's grief camp and a camp for teens
AzucenaTresslerMasters, Pastoral CounselingStarr county, Texas; Chicago, Illinois 60605(312) 371-7461mamtressler@gmail.comYESgrief counseling, career counseling
BarbaraKirchnerSauk Rapids, Minnesota; St. Cloud, Minnesota(320) 393-8463peaceful-moments@hotmail.comNOgroup presentations, support groupsI do NOT do counseling. I offer a one-on-one "Fireside Chat" for women in the winter (this is not counseling, but instead a listening ear).

I offer a one-on-one "Serenity Nature Walk for Women" during the nice weather months (as above, this is not counseling).
BethHewettPh.D., CTForest Hill, Maryland443-904-6424beth@goodwordsforgrieving.comYESbereaved parents, grief and lossI coach the bereaved as well as train facilitators. Skype available.
BetsyLangMSW, LICSW, CTMassachusetts(781) 462-8899betsylang@comcast.netNOdeath & dying, illness, depression, anxiety, life transitionsMost insurances accepted
Early morning, Late Evening and Weekend appointments available
BetsyLangMSW, LICSW, CTMaine(781) 462-8899betsylang@comcast.netNOdeath & dying, illness, depression, anxiety, life transitionsMost insurances accepted
Early morning, Late Evening and Weekend appointments available
BetsyLangMSW, LICSW, CTNew Hampshire(781) 462-8899betsylang@comcast.netNOdeath & dying, illness, depression, anxiety, life transitionsMost insurances accepted
Early morning, Late Evening and Weekend appointments available
BeverlyHagenM.Ed, MPSRed Deer, Alberta (AB); Bentley, Alberta (AB); Ponoka, Alberta (AB)(403) 304-5595bevhagen@hotmail.comNOprivate home practice, see www.morninglightcounselling.com
BlaineAllanBA, MdivEdmonton, Alberta (AB)(780) 700-4407blainer@telus.netYES (780) 466-4929
BunnySalomonsouthern Palm Beach county, Florida (incl Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton)(561) 638-0908bunny47232@aol.comNOgrief and loss of any typephone # is for the Association for Community Counseling. People should leave a message and she will return the call.
Camp ComfortMount Evans Home Health & HospiceEvergreen, Colorado(303) 674-6400summer grief camps for childrenwww.campcomfort.org
ChristineCracknellSt. Joseph county, Indiana; Elkhart county, Indiana; Marshall county, Indiana574-304-7193christine.cracknell@heartlandhospice.comNOhospice bereavement
ColeenEllisCT, CPLPIndiana(317) 966-0096Coleen@ThePetLossCenter.comYESpet loss
DarRichardsonFort Wayne, Indiana(260) 625-6749drichardson29@comcast.com.YESgrief and loss, job loss, relationship and marital issues, relocation, empty nestI do not work with children. I facilitate two bereavement support groups and guest lecture in our local colleges -nursing classes, crisis intervention and grief and loss classes, as well as third year medical students at Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne campus.
DariaLesleaMA, LPN, RYT/CYTDenver metro area, Colorado(303) 960-3972Ggyt.daria@aol.comYESgrief anf loss, yoga for grief, trauma sensitive yogacertified in compassionate bereavement care for traumatic loss
DebNealLogan county, Colorado; Morgan county, Colorado; Washington county, Colorado(970) 526-7901pastordeb4@yahoo.comYESHospice of the Plains, chaplain family services
EileenCorbettRRP, CCRCMississauga, Ontario (ON); Oakville, Ontario (ON); Etobicoke, Ontario (ON)(905) 785-7670embcorbett@gmail.comYESgeneral loss, other life transitionsCertified Rehabilitation Counselor and Registered Rehabilitation Professional. Some evening and alternate Saturday appointments are available.
JackieSecadespsychologistCosta Rica(506) 8899-9625jackie@semltd.comYESsuicide lossbilingual English/Spanish
JaneDuganMS Community Counseling, CTFremont, Nebraska; Omaha, Nebraska(402) 720-6435jane.dugan@gmail.comNOgrief, depression and anxiety, trauma, ADHDwww.janedugancounseling.com
JaneHuestisRN, BSN, CPLCsouthern Indiana(317) 435-6650jsheustis@sbcglobal.netNOperinatal and neonatal lossworking part time at National Favulty for Resolve Thru Sharing as well as Pediatric Home Care Company
JanelleBreese BiagioniRPCCanada(250) 815-2962janelle@janellebb.comYESloss resulting from catastrohpic injury; general lossCommunity Program Director at Cridge Brain Injury Services (www.cridge.com); author of "Life Losses: Healing for a Broken Heart" (www.janellebb.com)
JaniceSteinbachLPCnorth Denver, Boulder, Brighton, Longmont, Colorado(303) 521-7235janicesteinbachlpc@gmail.comYES in COgrief and traumaThought Field Therapy Practitioner
JanineYoderMAEllensburg, Washington; Cle Elum, Washington; Easton, Washington; Kittitas, Washington; Roslyn, Washington; Thorp, Washington; Vantage, Washington(509) 899-1467j.yoder@hospice-friends.orgYESgrief support groups, end of life hospiceI am employed by Hospice Friends. We are a network of friends, family, volunteers and staff dedicated to easing the end of life process. We provide peace, comfort and care to the elderly and anyone facing life-threatening illness in Kittitas County.

We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving our county.
JodyGordonAlbany, Oregon; Labanon, Oregon; Sweet Home, Oregon; Corvallis, Oregon(541) 990-6530jodymarie4@comcast.netYES (541) 812-4547spouse lossI assist with bereavement care at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice. Evergreen's office is in Albany, Oregon but serves the communities within 50 miles radius.
JohnRushtonBA, STBStony Plain, Alberta (AB); Spruce Grove, Alberta (AB)(780) 963-3117jerush@shaw.caYES20 miles west of Edmonton, Alberta (AB). Individual counseling and small support groups
JoyBishopLSCSWTopeka, Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas(785) 249-9316Joybishop74@gmail.comNOgrief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression
JudithRussell-KuglerRN, CTsouthwest Denver, Morrison, Colorado(303) 697-8765Judithkugler@msn.comYES e-mail firstadult loss of any kindin Mexico for several months during winter, use FaceTime and Skype to be in touch with mourners
JuleBrieseBA, certificate in conflict resolution and negotiationVancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)(250) 752-4996tranquil.shores@telus.netYESadoption related loss, grief and lossPresent healing workshops on loss and grief
KarenHalldorsonBAEdmonton, Alberta (AB)(780) 454-5911info@abortionrecovery.caNOabortion lossThe Abortion Recovery Centre is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is dedicated to providing comfort, healing and hope to women who have had an abortion in their past. We are compassionate, non-judgmental and safe. For women who have had an abortion and are experiencing difficult emotional reactions these disturbances can seem like they are “going crazy”. We offer a companioning model of grief counselling, walking alongside you becoming familiar with your abortion story.
www.abortionrecovery.ca
KathyCarrollRN, BSN, CTIndiana(317) 445 5541Kathy.l.carroll@hotmail.comYESinfant loss
KathySparninsBA, Spiritual Director Certification, Grief EducatorWoodland Park, Colorado; Colorado Springs, Colorado; El Paso county; Teller county(719) 659-0447kathy.sparnins@voicesofgrief.orgYESgrief and lossI am a grief educator, not a therapist.
KimberleeBowMA, LPC, R-DTM, CT, RYT200Denver, Colorado; Englewood, Colorado; Centennial, Colorado; Lone Tree, Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Cherry Hills, Colorado(303) 730-1401kim@wholeheartsfamilycenter.comNOchildren and families, general grief
LarryBakkeGreen County, Wisconsin(608) 325-9506lbakke49@gmail.comNOAs a catholic priest I focus on spiritual direction and support for people who are grieving and mourning. I am not a counselor.
LarryBarberLPC-S, CTDallas-Fort Worth, Texas; north Texas(972) 960-9981lbarber@christian-works.orgNOgrief & loss, trauma, life transitionscounseling services provided on a sliding fee scale
LaurieTaylorCT, MA, MedDallas-Fort Worth, Texas(214) 452-3105hope@mygriefandloss.orgNOindividual and group counseling, SAM's Place groups for pre-k to teens and their familiesGrief & Loss Center of North Texas, all services offered at no charge. We would be honored to walk alongside you as you grieve the death of a loved one. Our core values are unconditional acceptance, understanding, confidentiality, compassion and hope. Please contact us if we can be of service.
LindaFehrmannLPC, NCCSt Louis, Missouri; St Charles, Missouri(314) 853-7925lindafehrmann36@gmail.comYESsurviviors of suicide, bereaved parents
LindaLehman-MurphyGolden, Colorado; Evergreen, Colorado; Lakewood, Colorado(720) 323-8596linda_lehmanmurphy@msn.comNOcompanioniong only, no official counseling credentials other than D&Gcertified Lifecycle Celebrant, semi-retired
Lisa A.Colaianninorthern Virginia (also DC and suburban Maryland)(703) 641-0100lisa@wrtc.orgNODOES NOT DO COUNSELINGprovide resources. Organization offers widowhood support group and seminars on sudden death, Hope for the Holidays
LoriTaylor-Morgannorthern California(530) 566-1883ltaylor513@hotmail.comYESteens, adults, sudden death, suicide loss, illnessI offer an on-going monthly support group, 2nd Wed. evening of every month. Call for location. I'm on Facebook too: 'Compassionate Grief Companioning' page.
MarcMarkellPh.D., CTMinneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota612-226-9395mamarkell@stcloudstate.eduYESchildren and grief, people with disabilities and grief
MarianneHartmanBSWGrand Prairie, Alberta (AB)(780) 897-9575companion.with.you@gmail.comYESsuicide, loss in generalI do not charge for my services as working in an acute care hospital the lines can become blurred and I do not want to have conflicts.
Marilyn J.BallIndian Wells Valley, California(760) 608-0992marilynball1@hotmail.comNOfree community service for those dealing with loss through death
Mary ElizabethAllenMS, NACC, OTRMadison, Wisconsin(608) 332-5939Metainternationalone@gmail.comYESall ages grief and loss, complicated loss, terminal diagnosis counseling, counseling for children with special needsspiritual or ecumenical client background
Mary JaneThomaschurch ministryElkridge, Maryland; Arbutus, Maryland(410) 564-2395MaryJane@staugustinechurch.orgYEStwo six-week support groups per year, also does individual counseling, has a lending library of resources
MaxineRussellMA, MS, GS-S, CSCR, CUCROrange County, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, Mission Viejo(818) 378-2072RussellBliss21@aol.comYESgrief counseling, therapy for homicide survivors, pet therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, school trauma
MerrillReeseBS Psychology, MA Counseling, PhD Counselor Education and SupervisionHampton Roads, Virginia; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; Portsmouth, Virginia; Chesapeake, Virginia(757) 646-7982mtreese7@gmail.comYESgrief and loss, PTSD, trauma, sexual trauma, dissociation
MichaelO'HearnM.Ed, M.Div, ELCA PastorHavre, Montana(406) 265-0165mjohearn@msn.comNOhospice and elder care, grief and loss, suicide loss, complicated mourningI have been an ELCA Lutheran Pastor for 21 years and a Hospice chaplain for 11 years. I am currently serving as a pastor in two ELCA congregations and one Episcopal church. Any counseling I do has been to congregational and community persons as needed. I also have led grief support groups.
MJTucciMdiv, MeduBurlington, North Carolina(336) 532-7216mj@hospiceac.comYESadult grief counseling, adult pet loss counseling
Nan & GaryZastrowWisconsin (statewide)(715) 845-4159nanwings1@gmail.comNOsuicide and general grief supportWings A Grief, 1993 nonprofit org focusing on support groups, seminars, and presentations
NancyDunnRN, CTMississippi (statewide)(662) 934-0860Nancy@LMHPCO.orgNOeducational support
NeilFolksBA, MS, Chaplain Law EnforcementNorthwest Colorado(970) 326-8726neilfolks@wildblue.netYES
PatriciaMentzerM.Ed, special educationgreater Mason, Michigan (incl Leslie, Holt, Stockbridge, Okemos, East Lansing, Lansing)(517) 676-4232pat_mentzer@yahoo.comNOsupport groups for parents who have lost a child, adult siblings may be included; support groups for widow(er)ssupport groups held at First UMC of Mason, MI
PennyHullPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania(484) 443-8731penny540@comcast.netNOHelps run grief groups at Peter's Place
Raymond G.CoffmanBCCCobb, Douglas, and Paulding counties, Georgia(470) 732-3780raymond.coffman@wellstar.orgNOgrief support group 6x/year. Open to adults and free of charge
RebeccaDaumPSW, ThanadoulaDundas, Ontario (ON); Hamilton, Ontario (ON); Burlington, Ontario (ON); Oakville, Ontario (ON); Mississauga, Ontario (ON); Toronto, Ontario (ON)(905) 978-1606rdaum.spectrumcounselling@gmail.comNOdeath and grief, life transitions, end of life counsellingalternate email: meaningfulpassages@gmail.com. "I am happy to see clients in their own homes.
Initial session is 90mins, each additional session is 60mins
Session rates are flexible based on individual needs"
RobinCowherdFT, MPAHampton Roads, Virginia(757) 406-4362Robincowherd@cox.netYES 757-423-7006adult loss (spouse, child, sibling)Faith-based background. Worked for 17 years with families of deceased organ and tissue donors.
SandyAyreBScOT, certified yoga instructorEdmonton, Alberta (AB)(780) 916-2417sandy@yogaforgriefsupport.comNOI use yoga and meditation as supportive modality to help people who are grieving. This is a very body centered and contemplative approach, with educational elements.
ScarlettChengChaplainGreater Toronto area, Ontario (ON)(416) 609-2422scarlettcheng@rogers.comNOadult loss, perinatal loss, palliative carespeaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin
SharonHighbergerSDTopeka, Kansas(785) 633-7764sharonhighb2@icloud.comYESdepression, addiction history, ACOAAs I am a Chaplain and Spiritual Director, clients may appreciate the spiritual dimension addressed in processing grief.
SharonSprolesGCCRoanoke, Virginia; Daleville, Virginia(540) 992-4805Sharonkva@comcast.netNOgeneral grief counrselingWork with RADER and Lotz Funeral Homes. Only offer individual counseling, not couples counseling. Will make referrals to licensed counselors. Certified by the AAOGC.
ShelleySimonLCSWPonca City, Oklahoma(580) 767-1777socialworkerok@gmail.comNOmiscarriage, infant loss, stillbirthset up an appointment through Fairfax Medical Clinics
Sheri-LeeLangloisBA, B.Ed, M.Ed(780) 460-1814Solaceforyou@shaw.caYESgrief educationI do some short-term counselling in emergent situations or in special circumstances (while waiting to see a psychotherapist), but my expertise is in educating large or small groups about bereavement, complicated mourning, adolescent grief processes, reconciliation, etc.
SheryllShepardhospice chaplainSpokane, Washington(509) 448-8110Sheryllann3@aol.comYESgeneral loss, suicide loss
Sister Mary AnnCirilloOPCanton, Oklahoma 73754(580) 886-3413whiteearth@pldi.netNOreligious-based counselingReflexology and infant massage
StaceyJohnsonLBSWnorth Alabama(256) 891-7724sjohnson@hospicemc.orgYESDirector of Camp HOPE for children and families; services provided through Hospice of Marshall County at no charge
Suicide Resource CenterFort Collins, Colorado(970) 482-2209grief support groupswww.suicideresourcecenter.org
SusanWolterstorffBA, BS, MSEdMinnesota(218) 310-8821susanwolterstorff@mac.comYESloss of a spouse or partner, loss of parent (adult), adults diagnosed with a chronic illnesswww.embracingourlosses.com; I am also a certified coach and can incorporate health and wellness practices into the sessions, when appropriate or desired by client
TerryCovertMA Counseling, MA Theologyeastern Colorado(970) 357-4552preacher@plainstel.comYESgrief and biblical counseling
TimothyNickelFT, MAR, MATHarrisburg, Pennsylvania; York, Pennsylvania; Lancaster, Pennsylvania(717) 367-1121 ext 33362tnickel@masonicvillages.orgYESadult grief, older/elderly people in grief
Tony and BonnieRedfernBA, MA, CA Teaching Credentialcentral California(559) 259-4815bonnie@newpathcenter.orgYESgrief
Touchstone Health PartnersFort Collins, Colorado; Loveland, Colorado(970) 494-4200
TrishMantheyMSWBoulder, Colorado; Lafayette, Colorado; Louisville, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado303-819-4325tmanthey@infionline.netYES, informalgrief companioninghospice bereavement volunteer
Valerie AnneDemmingPh.D. LPCAnchorage, Alaska(907) 561-3171vademming@acsalaska.netNOadults and adolescents
MargieGrebinMS, LMFT, CTCasselberry, Orlando area(321) 578-1171margiegrebin@bellsouth.netYES, FL residents onlygrief counseling – natural, unexpected, suicide or homicide deathPrivate pay; Holds 12-week “companioning,” therapeutic and psycho-educational group several times a year for adults using Wofelt books; Active member of Association for Death Education and Counseling and “Certified Thanatologist” through ADEC; Various Grief & Bereavement Presentations including “Cinematherapy for the Bereaved”
DelindaGrindleLCSWRockford, IL1-779-368-0060dgrindle@kpcounseling.comYesGrief SupportI partnered with Fitzgerald’s Funeral Home and Crematory in 2011, assisting in the development of their Soulprints Aftercare program, and providing grief support at their location a day and a half during the week. My philosophy in counseling is “companioning individuals in their healing journeys.”
LoriMorrisonLansing, Michigan517-256-8603morri.lori@comcast.netYesGrieving Children K thru high school
SuzanneBayerMichigan & Ohio734-657-3716suzannejbayer@gmail.comYesTraining and Support for Adults Teaching and Working With Young ChildrenI have a website created to support teachers and caregivers who must nurture grieving children. Suzannejbayer.com
DebGoughnourRNWilmington, NC; New Hanover and surrounding counties(910) 233-8906debgoughnour@icloud.comYesGrief and Wellness CoachBecause grief and wellness are relative, as a RN I help my clients walk through their journey of grief, but emphasis is also placed on health and wellness through this process. I am also a AHA CPR Instructor, Heart Health Educator and Guest Speaker.
AnnRoederLCSWMilwaukee, Wi(414) 539-7073annroeder@wi.rr.comYesSpiritual and grief Companion, Caregiver Support
HeatherBousadaMSW, RSWOttawa, Ontario- Canada613-799-3338hebs@rogers.comYesSocial Work- Palliative Care at The Ottawa HospitalAnd my own private practice: Grief Counselling Ottawa (www.griefcounsellingottawa.ca)
DeniseMeine-GrahamColumbus, OH614-530-8064franklincountylossteam@gmail.comYesSuicide GriefDenise is a survivor of her 19 year old son's suicide. She leads the Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor non-profit organization. www.franklincountyloss.org
SoniaPaynterBermuda1-441-238-3392scpaynter@northrock.bmAddictions; grief and life transitions, abusesAvailable for skype
MarcoVegasPueblo, CO(719) 557-5207 (Work); (719) 994-2045 (Cell)marco vegas@centura.org (Work) ; mdvegas@q.com (Personal)YesChaplaincy, Certificate in Grief and DeathOngoing support groups throughout the year.
Lori-AnnHuotAlberta, Canada(780)998-5595 ext. 225angelwhispers@familiesfirstsociety.caYesProviding hope & healing to families devastated by the loss of a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, SIDS and death up to 1 year of ageWe send care packages internationally including information on coping after the loss of a baby. Website - www.angelwhispers.ca/angelwhispers
JudyBuckinghamNacogdoches, Texas936-569-6160judy.p.buckingham@gmail.comYesgrief support groups; loss of child
KarenMittetBellingham, WA (Service area is close to the larger cities of Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA)360-224-6882luminescencegrief@yahoo.comYesName of Practice: LUMINESCENCE Creative Grief Support;
This is my personal practice of Grief Companioning offered with a creative component if this meets the needs of the client. As well as Dr. Wolfelt’s Certification, I am also certifying this Winter as a Creative Grief Support Practitioner and a Narrative Therapy Coach.
MargaretPilonOrlando, FL732-610-8771margaretsplace@hotmail.comYesPregnancy and Infant LossI am a Peer Companion for the TEARS Foundation and serve families across the US and Bahamas.
MarkLuceroLMHCSeattle and Whidbey Island Washington360.320.1898WeMakeThePath@gmail.comYesGrief and LossI also offer Skype counseling and outdoor counseling see my website at WeMakeThePath.com and Hike-o-Therapy.com
PaulCroteauOrdained Roman Catholic Deacon, B.Th.Edmonton, AB780-340-9953deaconpaul@shaw.caYesSpirituality, Ceremony, Parent LossIndividual help and grief support groups
LizaApperFresno, CA559-977-3548lizaosb@aol.comYesSpirituality and the grief journey
ChristineMillerBurlington & Oakville, Ontario Canada416-659-9390crjm@bell.netYesBereavement SupportSpousal, Sibling & Parental - Individual or Small Group Support
LeighCollinsRochester, NY585-329-4625leigh.collins@rochester.rr.comYesPet LossCompanioining Only, no official counseling credentials