Benjamin Wolfe, M.Ed., LICSW, FT
Benjamin Wolfe, M.Ed., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and Fellow in Thanatology, is a grief, loss and transition trainer and consultant after 28 years as director and grief therapist of St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Grief Support Center in Duluth, Minnesota, where he provided life-threatening illness and bereavement counseling (from any cause of death) for all ages.
Ben is a former president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and has received a number of awards, including the ADEC Service Award in 1994, the ADEC Death Educator of the Year Award in 2011, the first-ever Senator Paul Wellstone Legacy Award presented by the Minnesota School Counselors Association in May 2004 for his work with schools and communities in crisis, and in May 2005 he was selected as “Employee of the Year” by St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was appointed by the National Kidney Foundation from 2001 to 2005 to the 11-member National Donor Family Council Executive Committee. Ben consults and trains internationally and has given over 2,000 presentations dealing with grief and loss. He is a clinical member of the Northeastern MN CISD team, and in 2013 was awarded the regional “Friend of EMS Award.”
In addition to chapters in books, he has authored numerous articles related to grief and loss and served for 10 years on the St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Bio-Ethics Committee. For over 25 years, Ben taught university graduate courses on death and dying, and he also taught a course on life-threatening illness at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine for over 23 years.