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Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. to address caregiver grief at University of Michigan event

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04/30/2013 - 11:00am

On May 23, Wolfelt presents Beyond Therapy: The Art of Companioning the Bereaved at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons

Written by: Michael Steigmeyer. Media Inquiries: 734-764-2220 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET or

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Author, educator and grief counselor Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. will help health professionals in the community better understand methods to address patient and co-worker grief at an address at the University of Michigan next month.

Alan Wolfelt, PhD
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Attend the Event
May 23, 2013
5 -6 p.m. Refreshments and Registration
6- 8 p.m. Lecture

University of Michigan Palmer Commons - Great Lakes Room 4050
100 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Get directions and parking information

$25 (2 Social Work CEU's available for additional. $10)

Contact: Susan Sefansky, LMSW


On May 23 Wolfelt presents Beyond Therapy: The Art of Companioning the Bereaved at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room 4050, 100 Washtenaw Ave.

This two-hour seminar explores the companioning model of grief care. Wolfelt will outline his 11 tenets of "companioning" and discuss movement from philosophy to practice. Specific content areas will include:

  • Exploring a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief
  • Introduction to Foundational Definitions of Grief, Mourning, Perturbation
  • Outline of the 11 Tenets of "Companioning" the Mourner
  • Defining the Essential Ingredients of the Caregiver
  • Discussion of the Application of the Tenets from Theory to Practice

Wolfelt is known for sharing inspirational and compassionate messages about healing in griefbased on his own personal losses as well as his experience supporting children, teens, adults and families over the last three decades.

Perhaps best known for his model of "companioning" versus "treating" mourners, 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, he has appeared on such as shows as Oprah and the Today Show. Past recipient of the Association of Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, Wolfelt is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical Schools Department of Family Medicine.

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