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. Well respected for his inspiring teaching ability, Dr. Wolfelt is a past recipient of the Association for Death Education Death Educator Award. 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.
Who are you often remembering, and why?
“I’m often remembering my father. He was my primary encourager to pursue my passionate interest in supporting people in grief.”
How would you like to be remembered?
“I’d like to be remembered that I made a difference in peoples’ life related to death, grief, and authentic mourning.”
What inspires you to do this work?
“I discovered my calling at the young age of 14 after the death of a dear friend to leukemia. I had planned to be an architect, but that changed the course of my professional and personal life.”
And when you’re not working?
“I enjoy hiking with my dogs in my home states of Colorado and Arizona.”
What famous dead person would you like to have lunch with and why?
“I’d love to have lunch with Albert Einstein. It would a stimulating, intellectual conversation.”