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A. J. Desmond & Sons brings Grief Expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt to Troy “Exploring the Need to Grieve and Mourn” and “Exploring the Paradoxes of Mourning”

Oct. 25 and 26 at MSU Management Education Center in Troy

 Troy, Michigan… If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or work with those experiencing the depression of grief, you will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Alan Wolfelt, a national grief expert and author, speak in Troy, Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Attendees will find him to be an excellent and entertaining speaker on the very serious subject of grief according to organizers.

Sponsored by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors, Dr. Wolfelt will present a free community seminar entitled: “Exploring the Need to Grieve and Mourn” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Michigan State University (MSU) Management Education Center located at 811 W. Square Lake Rd. in Troy.

Dr. Wolfelt will also conduct a second half-day seminar for professionals and the public entitled: “Exploring the Paradoxes of Mourning” on Wednesday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at the MSU Management Education Center. For interested professionals, SW CE hours are available.

“Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one as well as anyone that counsels those who are grieving should come to hear Dr. Wolfelt. He brings a special perspective on grief,” says Terry Desmond, president of A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors. “He is compassionate, understanding, entertaining and practical in his approach to helping people work their way through grief and depression. His life’s work is dedicated to helping people mourn well including professionals who help them on their journey through grief.”

At “Exploring the Need to Grieve and Mourn” on Oct. 25, Dr. Wolfelt will speak about:

  • Exploring the need to authentically mourn
  • Recognizing the uniqueness of your personal grief
  • Determining principals for supporting family and friends in grief
  • Identifying the Six Needs of Mourning

At “Exploring the Paradoxes of Grief”, a seminar for professionals as well as the public, on Oct. 26, Dr. Wolfelt will discuss the following topics:

  • Defining  the Three Truths of Mourning
  • Understanding the distinction between knowledge and wisdom
  • Exploring the trend of confusing efficiency and effectiveness
  • Understanding the concept of the “Slow Grief Movement”

Both events are sponsored by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors as a free community service. Reservations are encouraged. (For professionals seeking SW CE credit the cost is $30 for 3.0 SW CE hours for the “Exploring the Paradoxes of Grief.”)

Dr. Wolfelt‘s expertise is featured in the media, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the NBC Today Show.

Advance registration is encouraged for both events. Call A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors at (248) 362-2500. Visit for further information, registration and directions.

Contact Information:

Patricia R. McCarthy, APR

Patricia R. McCarthy Marketing & Public Relations

286 Roosevelt Place

Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48230

O: 313 882-9200

C: 313 418-4155

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