An initiative by was created to provide a program for those who have lost someone to death. Thanks to the support of Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., a grief program was created with a curriculum grounded in his teachings on understanding grief.
Since its beginning, over 400 adults with a variety of kinds of death loss have participated in the program. As time passed we saw the need to expand the program to include children, teens and their caregivers. This need was larger than any one business could provide alone, so an appeal was presented to the community to help create a community grief center. The idea was met with a very positive response from the community, and a board was formed to lead the development. Under the board’s leadership, a relationship with the Community Foundation was established to receive tax deductible contributions to support the center. In January 2016 the board received the center’s 501c3 non-profit designation.
Based on a foundation of success and hope in the hearts of those who have joined the effort, the dream of a place dedicated solely to help all grieving people due to a death has been born. The Community Grief Center continues to be governed by a Board of Directors that provides visionary leadership and works to ensure continuous funding from the community and other sources. The Center’s Executive Director provides the daily management of programs and operations. Dedicated and trained volunteers assist in the programs and activities.
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., C.T. is an internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss & 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 of many books, Dr. Wolfelt also writes the “Children and Grief” column for Bereavement magazine. He has appeared on, and is a frequent resource for the media including Opra Winfrey, The Larry King Show, the NBC Today Show and Nick News.