FDTalks: Episode 1

In this podcast episode, Dr. Wolfelt provides insight into the following questions:

  1. Timestamp 2:03 – Can you describe some of the experiences that are stressful for funeral directors, secondary to this pandemic?
  2. Timestamp 8:17 – You talked briefly about the fear of the future of the funeral service as a whole. Will you expand on that?
  3. Timestamp 16:04 – You mentioned the concept of “grief overload” earlier. Can you talk about what that is?
  4. Timestamp 19:04 – In regard to staff, have you noticed symptoms of stress in funeral homes?
  5. Timestamp 24:12 – You’ve also written about a “funeral service caregiver conundrum.” Could you talk more about that?
  6. Timestamp 27:43 – Would you say that not doing self-care might result in what you call “funeral service burnout?”
  7. Timestamp 29:33 – How would you recommend we go about identifying factors in the funeral service that increase the risk for burnout?
  8. Timestamp 32:11 – What are some practical things people in the funeral service should be doing right now to take care of themselves?
  9. Timestamp 39:08 – How important is it to not associate guilt with self-care?
  10. Timestamp 40:42 – What are some ways that funeral homes and their staff can help build hope right now?
  11. Timestamp 44:05 – As we wrap up today, are there any closing thoughts you’d like to share?

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Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., is a respected author and educator on the topics of companioning others and healing in grief. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wolfelt has written many bestselling books on coping with grief, including Grief One Day at a Time and First Aid for Broken Hearts. Visit www.centerforloss.com to learn more about grief and loss and to order Dr. Wolfelt’s books.

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