About Our Trainings
The Center for Loss and Life Transition is known for providing quality bereavement care training. Thousands of caregivers have participated in the past 40 years. If you want to learn practical ways to “companion” people in grief from Dr. Alan Wolfelt, one of North America’s most respected bereavement educators and clinicians, these learning opportunities are for you.
Our seminars are designed to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, including hospice staff and volunteers, mental healthcare providers, social workers, clergy, school personnel, funeral directors, nurses and physicians, students and other interested professionals, as well as lay people.
What You Will Learn
Through our seminars, you will
- Become more familiar with the grief process.
- Enhance your ability to relate effectively to the grieving person or family.
- Develop new skills to cope with personal feelings related to death and grief.
- Receive resource materials to facilitate continued learning.
- Fine-tune skills in the helping relationship.
- Expand your knowledge of the current discipline developments.
- Heighten your awareness of resources in the areas of death, dying, grief, and bereavement.
Where are Seminars Held?
Fort Collins, Colorado
Our Fort Collins, Colorado courses are held at the Hilton Fort Collins. The recently renovated, full service Hilton features 255-rooms, a fitness center, an indoor pool and hot tub, a full bar, restaurant and cafe. We’re pleased to offer our guests free parking and high-speed internet. Reservations may be made by calling (970) 482-2626. Our group rate is $149/night for 2024 and $156/night for 2025 (plus applicable taxes). The room block is limited and reservations must be made at least three weeks prior to attendance, so please call early. Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest major airport to Fort Collins, which lies about 90 minutes north of the airport. Most participants choose to use ground shuttle service between the airport and the hotel. The best shuttle option is Groome. Another option is to rent a car for your stay.
Our Arizona courses are held at the Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University. This modern hotel is located right next to Arizona State University’s campus and within a short walking distance from numerous restaurant options. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, free high-speed internet, a rooftop bar and pool, and in-house restaurant. The Center for Loss has guaranteed a special room rate at this winter resort location of $169/night for 2024 and $179/night for 2025(plus applicable taxes). The room block is limited and must be made at least six weeks prior to attendance, so reserve your room early. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-591-1234.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is the nearest airport for the Scottsdale trainings. It is about a 20 minute drive between the airport and the hotel. Ride share options are the most convenient option for getting to the hotel. Another option is to rent a car for your stay.
Our training seminars are each three-and-a-half days long. You will meet the other participants in the designated room at the hotel, where training begins each day at 8:00am. Breakfast will be served from 7:00-8:00am, and lunch will be from 12:00-1:00pm. On Monday through Wednesday, class will end by 4:00pm. On Thursday, the course graduation will wrap up at 12:00pm. Many people leave for the airport at that time; therefore, lunch is not provided on Thursday. Participants who are not present at the completion of the course will not receive their course certificate. As such, we suggest a return flight out of Denver International Airport no earlier than 4:00pm or Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport no earlier than 3:00pm, and additional time is recommended for international departures.
Dr. Wolfelt believes in “companioning” the bereaved, in contrast to the medical model, which is based on “treating patients.” The word “companion,” when broken down into its original Latin roots, means com for “with” and pan for “bread.” Someone you would share a meal with. A friend. An equal. His training seminars are based on this philosophy. Please use discernment in determining if the Center for Loss trainings are a good match for your learning style and philosophy of caregiving.
Watch a video of Dr. Wolfelt introducing the Companioning Model of Grief Care here.
Companioning is about...
- Being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.
- Going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
- Honoring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.
- Listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.
- Bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about judging or directing these struggles.
- Walking alongside; it is not about leading.
- Discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling up every moment with words.
- Being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.
- Respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.
- Learning from others; it is not about teaching them.
- Compassionate curiosity; it is not about expertise.
2024 - 2025 Seminars
Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training
Grief Companioning Skills Training
Suicide Grief: Companioning the Mourner
Support Group Facilitator Training
Understanding and Responding to Complicated Mourning
Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Grief
Companioning Bereaved Parents Training
Becoming an Effective Grief Educator
Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Death, Grief, and Mourning
Companioning in Special Circumstances: Exploring the Hope and Healing Series
Companioning the Mourner in Early Grief: Principles and Practices
Companioning the Mourner from Hello to Goodbye, Dark to Light, and Backward to Forward
Living with Meaning and Purpose in Your Life