Submitted by Michele Neider

Michele Neider, Executive Director of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley, is pictured here with Dr. Alan Wolfelt, receiving her “Death and Grief Studies” Certificate from Colorado State University.

Michele recently completed 150 hours of training from the internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Course study included five separate four-day seminars on topics covering: Comprehensive Bereavement Skills, PTSD: Companioning the Traumatized Griever, Understanding & Responding to Complicated Mourning, Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies, and Grief Companioning Skills.

The courses were taught by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph. D, a noted author, educator, and grief counsellor. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to furthering our understanding of grief. Since its inception, fewer than 100 Canadians have earned this distinction.