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Understanding a Child's Grief

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Members: $ 55.00
Non-Members: $ 70.00

3 CE Hours

This continuing education course is designed as a primer on childhood grief for funeral home owners, directors and staff-those who have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of grieving children as "gatekeepers of death and grief care" in their communities.

When you have completed this online course, you will have gained an understanding of:

  1. the unique ways in which grieving children think, feel and behave
  2. the six basic needs of all grieving chidren; and
  3. common misconceptions about grief and mourning in children.

The content of this National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) course, and the opinions and recommendations contained therein, in no way represent or reflect the views or policies of the National Funeral Directors Association. The offering of this course by the National Funeral Directors Association does not constitute approval or an endorsement of the content, opinions or recommendations contained in the course.

Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 3 CE hours by APFSP and selected state licensing boards.

State Exceptions:

Check with your state board for approval status.


wolfelt11Alan D. Wolfelt
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Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. is an internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine.

Past recipient of the Association of Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, Dr. Wolfelt is an educational consultant to hospices, hospitals, schools, universities, funeral homes and a variety of community agencies across North America. Perhaps best known for his model of "companioning" versus treating the bereaved, Alan is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well.

Also a respected author, Dr. Wolfelt writes the "Children and Grief" column for Bereavement magazine. His many bestselling books on grief are listed under Bookstore on this Website. He has appeared on, and is a frequent resource for the media. Appearances include Oprah Winfrey, The Larry King Show, The NBC Today Show and Nick News.

Dr. Wolfelt and his wife, Sue, a family physician, are parents to three young children, Megan, Christopher and Jaimie. They live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door to the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado.

*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

The fact that NFDA presents this educational material does not denote that NFDA endorses, recommends or supports the opinions expressed by the presenter or author. The content presented is informational only. For specific legal or compliance advice contact your firm's legal counsel. NFDA does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information presented, and NFDA shall not be liable for the actions or inactions of funeral establishment owners, managers or employees in respect to the information presented in this educational product.