Ben Wolfe, M.Ed., L.I.C.S.W., Fellow in Thanatology (Seminar Presenter)

Ben Wolfe is a grief, loss and trauma trainer and consultant. He served for 28 years as the founder, program manager and grief therapist for St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Grief Support Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Ben provided life-threatening illness and bereavement counseling for people from pre-school to senior citizens. He has given over 2,000 presentations at the regional, state, national and international levels, taught university graduate courses for over 25 years, and a course on life-threatening illness at the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine for 23 years.

Ben is former president of the international Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and for 24 years served as chair of the 300 member Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support. In addition to chapters in books, he has authored numerous articles related to grief and loss and received numerous awards for his service.

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Seminar One

Hanging On or Letting Go? Rebalancing Our World after Death or Loss

A community seminar for grieving families
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Free of charge and open to the public

How do individuals and their families “rebalance their lives” after a loss, be it a death, traumatic event, or any crisis? And, how can one live with a “Yes I can” attitude…not only helping themselves, but in turn, also others. This program will provide strategies and interventions to help individuals, their families and friends trying to cope with the opportunities and struggles on the “loss journey,” and examine how individuals live their lives, Hanging On or Letting

Seminar Two

Helping Individuals and Families Move from Coping and Surviving, to being Transformed and Thriving

A seminar for clergy, hospice, and others who care for the bereaved
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 9:00 am – Noon | Fee: $50
Open to the public

Situations concerning loss of any type, are a part of life and occur on a regular basis in the lives of individuals and their families. However, how is it that one can “grow” after a devastating and life-changing crisis or traumatic event? How can one in their “new normal” at some point see the world as still a bright place to live? And, what is the difference between persons who move from coping and surviving, to being transformed and thriving? This workshop will provide strategies and clinical interventions to help individuals and families trying to cope with the opportunities and struggles on the “loss journey.”

Both seminars will be held at:

Holiday Inn & Suites – Cedar Creek
1000 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild, WI

For more information or a program brochure contact:
Wings—a Grief Education Ministry
Nan or Gary Zastrow 715.845.4159 or
Or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services
Amy Kitsembel 715.847.2703
Professional CEU’s available for both programs.

Presented by WingsTM-a Grief Education Ministry who partners with Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services to provide these seminars as a community service. Other major sponsors include Brainard Funeral Home, Helke Funeral Home, and Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Homes & Crematory. For a complete list of sponsors, visit