August 2022

Page A17 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Your Partner in Profitability Mary Has DESIGNS on Increasing Your Monument Sales Meet Mary Rodgers. She oversees the Tecstone Art and Design Department. Mary is here to help customers and their families create meaningful designs for their monuments and memorials. Whether it’s helping customers with our unique, user-friendly Tecstone GOLD software to find just the right drawing or adding new elements to our extensive and diverse art library of laser and sandblasting designs, Mary and her gifted team’s mission is to be available to provide graphic tools, resources, and advice to our customers. She is one of the many associates at Tecstone whose goal is to help your families create custom memorials. Like every member of the Tecstone team, she is your partner in profitability. 1-800-562-0777 | TECSTONEGRANITE.COM Dr. Alan Wolfelt Opens Center for Naturally Complicated Grief New Book by Dr. Wolfelt FORTCOLLINS,CO— Companion Press announces the publication of a new book by renowned grief educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Entitled Complicated Grief: How to Understand, Express, and Reconcile Your Especially Difficult Grief, it will be available through Companion Press September 1, 2022. Grief is always difficult, but if it feels especially painful, stuck, or complex, the mourner may be experiencing complicated grief. In this compassionate resource, readers will learn how complicated grief is different and what they can do to soften and eventually reconcile it. The reader will inventory the reasons their grief is complicated. They’ll learn the importance of engaging with and expressing their grief. And they’ll find hope for their healing. There is a path through and beyond the wilderness of complicated grief. It’s more arduous than most, but to live and love fully again, one must identify ways to walk this path that work for them. This book helps show the way. Complicated Grief: How to Understand, Express, and Reconcile Your Especially Difficult Grief is part of Companion Press’s Words of Hope and Healing series—empathetic books on grief and other loss-related topics, with just the right amount of education and support. Author, educator, and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt serves as director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO. The author of Grief One Day at a Time, First Aid for Broken Hearts, Understanding Your Grief, and many other books for grief caregivers and mourners. Complicated Grief: How to Understand, Express, and Reconcile Your Especially Difficult Grief Reconciling is available in softcover and e-book formats. To order and to learn more about Dr. Wolfelt’s books on grief and loss, visit or call 970-226-6050. FORT COLLINS,CO—The Center for Loss & Life Transition has created a new subdivision to focus on training clinicians in “companioning” people in grief as it relates to the natural complications that often result from the death of someone. These training efforts are in response to Dr. Wolfelt’s concern surrounding the new diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder. His belief is that pathologizing grief and mourning only compounds our unhealthy cultural stigmas surrounding death and grief, and that this new diagnosis is a projection of our social taboos against despair. It is the position of Dr. Wolfelt that the emotions of grief invite the mourner to go deeper, to slow down, and actively engage in what Carl Jung appropriately termed “soul work” – the downward movement of the psyche. This instinctive downward movement is difficult to honor when the new diagnosis projects “go faster, hurry up, and leave your grief behind.” The new PGD diagnosis criteria (intense yearning, preoccupation with thoughts/memories, identify confusion, disbelief, avoidance of reminders, intense emotional pain, diffiContinued on page A21 “I Love My Cemeterian” Perfect Gi f ts! Order Your Favori te Today! visit www.nomispubl or cal l 1-800-321-7479 “I Love My Funeral Director”