Grief Words by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.  They are written by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., a noted author, teacher and practicing clinical thanatologist known internationally for his outstanding educational contributions to both adult and childhood grief.


Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.


Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:


For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.


Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topic

The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.


For Hospices and Other Caregivers

Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

 

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., is a noted author, teacher and practicing clinical thanatologist known internationally for his outstanding educational contributions to both adult and childhood grief. Recipient of The Association of Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, he serves as director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Ontario, and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine. 

Dr. Wolfelt is also an educational consultant to hospices, schools, universities, funeral homes and a variety of community agencies. In 1983 he completed a doctoral internship on the department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic. He has authored a number of publications in the area of death and grief, including: The Journey Through Grief: Reflections on Healing, Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal, Healing the Bereaved Child, Helping Children Cope with Grief, Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies, Death and Grief; A Guide for Clergy, and Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas.


 

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