About Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Author, educator, and
grief counselor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known across North America for
his inspirational teaching gifts. His compassionate messages about
healing and grief are based on his own personal losses as well as
his experience supporting children, teens, adults, and families
over the last three decades. Dr. Wolfelt's messages 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 4-day trainings described
on this website in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Larry King Live Show and the NBC
Today Show, among others, have relied on Dr. Wolfelt's insightful
commentary on grief. Past recipient of the Association of 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. 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, Susan, a family physician, are parents
to three children, Megan, Christopher and Jaime.
"Mourning in our culture isn't always easy.
Normal thoughts and feelings connected to loss are typically seen
as unnecessary and even shameful. Instead of encouraging mourners
to express themselves, our culture's unstated rules would have them
avoid their hurt and 'be strong.'