Wichmann and Cress are proud to sponsor Dr. Wolfelt to speak in Wisconsin

HeartLight Center, Wichmann and Cress in Wisconsin are partnering to bring you presentations by Dr. Alan Wolfelt!

We invite you to register to attend one of our upcoming programs!


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About the Presenter

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 and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people.

Dr. Wolfelt is the best-selling author of more than fifty books including Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers; The Depression of Grief; Loving From the Outside in, Mourning From the Inside Out; Understanding Your Grief; The Journey Through Grief; Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart; Companioning the Grieving Child; Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart; and Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies.

Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing:

A program for families

Date: September 7th, 2022

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Purpose: We look forward to having you join us for this evening of hope and healing. Participants will be able to quietly reflect on their losses and honor their own unique grief journey. Plan to join us and learn about the “Touchstones” that can support you now and in the future.

Why This Program: This program will help all of us understand how loss influences our lives. You will be able to embrace the uniqueness of your grief, quietly reflect on your feelings of loss, learn about the six essential needs we all have when someone dies, and come to understand the difference between “reconciling” your grief and “resolving” your grief. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of North America’s leading grief counselors.

Who Should Attend: This compassionate program will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing grief in their lives. If you know anyone who may benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you with us.

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

· Introduction to the Topic and a Broader Framework for Loss
· Understanding the Concept of “Touchstones”
· Touchstone: Dispel Misconceptions About Grief
· Touchstone: Embrace the Uniqueness of Your Grief
· Touchstone: Explore Your Feelings of Loss
· Touchstone: Understand the Six Needs of Mourning
· Touchstone: Recognize You Are Not Crazy
· Touchstone: Nurture Yourself
· Touchstone: Reach Out for Help
· Touchstone: Seek “Reconciliation,” Not “Resolution” 

The Art of “Companioning” the Mourner: Caring Versus Curing:

A program for professionals

Date: September 8th, 2022

Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Purpose: This informative workshop will help us enhance your knowledge and skills related to supporting people experiencing grief and loss. Anchored in Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care, there will be a recognition of how grief and mourning are normal and necessary experiences that are fundamentally a journey of the heart and soul. A critical distinction between caring versus curing will be outlined. You will go away with a wealth of knowledge surrounding the transformative nature of grief.

Who Should Attend: This workshop will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about essential caregiving principles for caring for grieving persons. It will be particularly helpful to counselors, social workers, clergy, chaplains, nurses and lay ministers. If you know someone who would find this helpful, encourage them to register!

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

– Define a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief
– Explain the Distinction Between “Caring” versus “Curing”
– Understand Tenets of “Companioning” versus “Treating” the Mourner
– Explain Dr. Wolfelt’s Subcategories of “Complicated Grief”
– Define Six Universal Needs of Mourning

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

· Exploring a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief
· How our Culture Values “Cure” Over “Care”
· Understanding the Concepts of “Sanctuary” and “Hospitality”
· Defining a Model for “Complicated Grief”
· Exploring Inappropriate Socio-Cultural Assumptions About Grief
· Challenging the “Resolution Wish”
· Introduction to the Tenets of “Companioning” the Mourner
· Advocating for the Slow Grief Movement 

Location for both presentations: Grand Meridian: 2621 N Oneida St. Appleton, WI 54911


If you have any questions or to call in to register, please contact us at ldensow@trustwf.com 

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Heartlight Center Inc is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing affordable grief support and education for adults in our community who are experiencing the pain and sorrow following the death of a loved one.

Offered in group sessions, our work provides participants with the community and insight to gain the strength and peace they need to effectively move forward with their lives. To join one of our virtual grief support groups, click here!

HeartLight also provides affordable education programs for professional and volunteer caregivers in our community who are working with those who are grieving.