Dr. Alan Wolfelt Programs

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 Dr. Alan Wolfelt has been recognized as one of North America’s leading death educators and grief counselors. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. He founded the Center for Loss in 1984 to offer education and support both to grievers and bereavement caregivers. He is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing as well as his companioning philosophy of grief care. Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief-related topics, offers trainings for caregivers, and has written many bestselling books, including First Aid for Broken Hearts, and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people.

We invite you to register to attend one of our upcoming programs being hosted at the Horan & McConaty building at 5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122.

Dr. Wolfelt’s presentations are in-person only.  If there is a COVID resurgence that makes us unable to have an in-person event, we’ve been given permission to live-stream under that circumstance, in which case all registered attendees will be notified.  We have not been given permission to record or live-stream if the event is able to be held in-person. 

Tending to a Broken Heart:

Topic:             Tending to Your Broken Heart When Someone Dies: Hope for Your Healing

Sponsor:        Horan & McConaty

Date:              Tuesday October 19, 2021

Time:             6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (MST)


Why this Program?

This is an opportunity to learn some essential information that Dr. Wolfelt has learned in his four decades of “companioning” thousands of people in grief. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a best-selling author about how to integrate grief into your life, your living, and your loving. If you know anyone who would benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you, your family, and your friends join us.

Purpose:  Dr. Alan Wolfelt is one of North America’s leading grief counselors and the author of many best-selling books about healing in grief. This compassionate program will acknowledge that loss is an unavoidable part of human life, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from living well. The content of this evening program is based on Dr. Wolfelt’s book, First Aid for Broken Hearts.

Agenda: Among the content areas to be explored in this program are the following:

  • Broken Hearts: A Broader Framework for Loss
  • Exploring the “Ripple Effect” of Grief: Loss of Self, Security, Meaning
  • Understanding the Value of Convalescence
  • Distinguishing Grief from Mourning
  • The Unique Influences on Your Grief
  • Describing Potential Dimensions of Your Response
  • Identifying the Six Central Needs of Mourning
  • Understanding Your Self-Care Essentials
  • Hope for Your Healing: Reconciliation versus Resolution




Understanding Grief Overload:

Topic:            Understanding Grief Overload: Principles and Practices

Sponsor:        Horan & McConaty

Date:              Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time:             8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (MST)


Purpose: This workshop will help members of the caregiving community explore the critically important topic of supporting people that experience too much loss. Grief overload occurs when someone experiences too many significant losses all at once or in a relatively short period of time. Our human minds and hearts have enough trouble coping with one loss at a time, but when a person has to integrate multiple losses simultaneously, the grief experience has many special features that both need and deserve attention. Come join us and have Dr. Alan Wolfelt take you on a journey into the lessons he has learned when supporting people that have encountered grief overload.

Who Should Attend:  This compassionate workshop will help anyone who wants to learn more about how to support those who have experienced grief overload. Counselors, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, and other interested health care professionals helping individuals cope with drug-overdose deaths are encouraged to attend. Regardless of your specific job title or life role, you can and will benefit from this learning experience.


Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the special features of grief overload.
  • Explain the essential ingredients of the grief caregiver
  • Describe the different forms of grief overload.
  • Understand the various dimensions of response to grief overload.
  • Learn a model to “companion” not “treat” the grief overload survivor.


Among the content areas to be explored in this workshop are the following:

  • Introduction: Acknowledging the Importance of the Topic
  • Definition of Grief Overload
  • Essential Ingredients of the Grief Caregiver
  • Understand the Different Forms of Grief Overload
  • Acknowledge Grief Overload and COVID-19
  • Reviewing Potential Dimensions of Response
  • Introduction to “Companioning” Versus “Treating” Grief Overload
  • Facilitating Six Central Needs of Mourning
  • “Reconciliation” Versus “Resolution” of Grief
  • Warning, Challenge, Reminder, Hope