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Training Program Can Help Death Care Professionals Explain the Value of Funerals

FORT COLLINS, COLO. - The Center for Loss and Life Transition announces a new training experience for funeral home staff, celebrants and grief care providers.

Entitled “Opening Your Community’s Eyes to WHY We need Funerals,” this three-day workshop facilitated by Dr. Wolfelt will review why humans have had funerals since the beginning of time and explains how each of the elements of the ceremony—from visitation to music to the gathering after—are essential components of the funeral. The purpose of the training is to educate and motivate funeral directors and other end-of-life caregivers so they can in turn educate families, which will help ensure the creation of complete, meaningful funeral experiences. A companion workbook, posters and brochure, also written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, have been prepared for use with this new program.

Participants will be encouraged to rethink their roles and responsibilities, focus on educating families, overcome common objections that families have to funerals, and reinvigorate funerals in their communities. In addition, this seminar is designed to immerse participants in the content so thoroughly that they’ll be well-prepared to return to their funeral homes or other organizations and, using the workbook and their newly practiced skills, train the rest of their staff in this inspiring and practical model.

The training will be held June 24-26, 2014 in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information or to reserve a seat in the seminar, call (970) 226-6050 or visit


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