Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes Hosts 18th Annual Grief Seminar

Greenville, SC | September 17, 2019 – Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes is pleased to announce Dr. Alan Wolfelt and Jesse Roberts as speakers for the 18th annual grief seminar that will take place on September 24 and 25 at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville.

The three seminar series is a public outreach project sponsored by Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes that aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (www.centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. In addition to presenting dozens of keynotes and workshops across North America each year, Dr. Wolfelt facilitates 4-day training seminars for bereavement caregivers in Fort Collins, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Wolfelt is a popular media resource who regularly provides his expertise to many top-tier television shows, newspapers, and magazines.


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Dr. Wolfelt will present “Loving From the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out: Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies” on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:45-9:00pm. This seminar is designed to provide coping mechanisms for anyone experiencing stress in their life as a side effect of the death of someone close to them. This seminar is also appropriate for those who wish to help a friend or family member who is experiencing grief or loss in their life.

On Wednesday, September 25, Wolfelt will present the professional caregivers’ workshop “Exploring the Paradoxes of Mourning: Enhancing Your Understanding of Three Forgotten Truths”. This three hour workshop, which takes place from 8:45am – 12:00pm, is designed to help professional caregivers interested in furthering their knowledge of the process of dying, grief and healing. Funeral directors, social workers, nurses and chaplains will receive three continuing education hours for attending this session.

On Tuesday, September 24, Jesse Roberts will present a seminar for educators, “Grief From a Developmental Perspective”. This session is designed for school professionals, teachers, nurses, social services, administrative staff, and ministers who care for bereaved children, teens and their families.

Having lost numerous family members throughout his life, in addition to his education and work in the field, Roberts has a unique perspective on how to help grieving children, adolescents, and adults. For the past 8.5 years he has worked in the field of grief and bereavement - first with Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, then with LifeShare Carolinas - one of two regional organ, tissue, and eye donation teams in North Carolina. He now owns Charlotte Counseling and Wellness where he practices as a psychotherapist treating a wide array of concerns. Roberts obtained his B.S. in Psychology and his M.A., Ed.S. degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - both from Gardner-Webb University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Nationally Certified Counselor.

For more information on the 18th annual grief seminar, or to find out more about Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.

About Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes – Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes is a family-owned funeral home that has been serving the Upstate community since 1913. With locations in Downtown, Northwest and Southeast Greenville, Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes provides personalized funeral, cremation and pre-planning services. For more information, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.

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