Grief Seminar for Caregivers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2011
Popular Grief Speaker Scheduled for Seminar
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes, with locations in Fort Wayne and Auburn, announced that they will sponsor a community seminar entitled “Exploring the Dimensions of Adult Grief: The Caregivers Role”. The grief program, held in the Appleseed Room of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, will be presented by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:00am to 3:30pm. This is the 20th year the funeral home will offer Dr. Wolfelt's program, which is designed for caregivers. As reported by Mr. McComb, participation last year totaled nearly 1,000. There is no charge for the seminar to those working in Allen and Dekalb counties. For those working outside Allen and Dekalb counties, there will be a $29 fee to attend the seminar. Reservations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis and the deadline for reservations is April 8th.
The speaker, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, is a noted author, educator and grief counselor. He is a recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award and he serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Wolfelt has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Larry King Show, Donahue, the NBC Today Show and Nick News.
Helping someone deal with the death of a loved one is extremely difficult. Dr. Wolfelt has created a program that is essential for anyone who cares for the bereaved, including licensed professionals. 'We have found that clergy, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice workers and other caregivers all benefit from the seminar," explains Walter A. McComb, Jr., President of D.O. McComb & Sons.
Participants will learn the distinction between grief counseling versus grief therapy and develop sensitivity to the special features of sudden death, disenfranchised grief and multiple loss. The program is intended to be an open discussion and questions are encouraged throughout. Resource material to encourage continued learning will be available.
"Giving a caregiver the information they need to help others is the goal of programs such as these. You can never be 'over-educated' in this area," states D.O. McComb co-owner, David McComb.
David McComb also added, "In the past, funeral directors earned CEU hours for attending these seminars. We feel these seminars are not only important to funeral directors, but also to caregivers. As we have done over the last several years, applications were submitted to numerous licensing agencies for CEU approval. We were granted continuous education hours again this year.
Through word of mouth, an overwhelming number of reservations have already been received. "We were pleased, though not surprised, with the response in past years," says Douglas McComb, the funeral home's Vice President.
For further information on the seminar and to register, visit www.mccombandsons.com or call:
D.O. McComb & Sons
1140 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805