Welcome to
The Afterlife Advocate
 A Conversation  about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving
and the Journey of the Soul
 
Issue # 27 - March 2017


Published by The Afterlife Education Foundation,
producer of the Original Afterlife Conference  
Events we
Recommend 

       
 

St. Louis, MO. March 3-5   SHAMANIC PRACTICES
FOR DEATH, DYING
AND THE AFTERLIFE
 
with Linda Fitch

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FREE - Worldwide, online
March 16-18
The Death and Afterlife Telesummit
with Dr. Karen Wyatt and Special Guests 
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Oregon and Washington
Multiple Dates in April
Natural Death Care Symposium
with Holly Pruett

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Sebastopol, CA
March 24 - 27
Honoring Life's Final Passage: Level 1 & 2 
with Jerrigrace Lyons

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Pueblo, CO.
April 8
 Energy, Consciousness and Change: Navigating the New Normal

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Costa Rica, April 22 
 HORSE AND SOUL WORKSHOP
with animal communicator
Danielle Mackinnon 
CEUs at the
Afterlife Conference
 
Many of you have asked if we are able to offer continuing education credits (CEUs) for attending The Afterlife Conference, and the answer is yes and no. The authority to award CEUs for classes and presentations is granted by professional organizations and institutions related to the field addressed in the presentation. Each authorization is based on a specific class or program, and it is very difficult (and extremely expensive) to get programs approved by these organizations.

But we're happy to announce that CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs and RNs will be offered this year for William Peters' workshop,  The Shared Death Experience: Healing Across the Veil. You will receive three credit hours for attending the workshop.

Many of our Afterlife Conference teachers (myself included) have struggled mightily over the years to be able to give CEUs for our presentations. It is a complex, bureaucratic process, and without a strong affiliation with a hospital, university or licensing body, it is extremely difficult. But we're working on it, and by our next conference in 2018, we hope to offer several CEU-worthy presentations. 

I want to give a special shout-out this month to Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW for designing this beautiful heart image, which was used in last month's story on The Broken Heart Syndrome, a scenario in which someone dies within days, hours or minutes of a loved one's departure. Lizzy is a hospice social worker, and launched the "Death Cafe" concept in the United States. 

Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT
Founder, The Afterlife Conference
Interfaith Chaplaincy, Bereavement Support
office@afterlifeconference.com 
 

Save the Dates!
FREE Online Telesummit
on Death and the Afterlife!

We are delighted to announce that we are working with hospice physician Dr. Karen Wyatt to produce The 2017 Death and Afterlife Telesummit
which will be live -- and FREE -- online March 16 -18.

The summit will feature in-depth interviews with presenters from our 2017 conference on topics that range from research on deathbed visions to after-death communication and shamanic death practices.

Please join us! It's FREE to listen live! Click HERE to register.
 

Operator, could you help me place this call?
Contributed by Holly Pruett, CT


A friend sent me a link to an episode of This American Life featuring a phone booth in northeastern Japan serving as a memorial to those dead (nearly 17,000) and missing (still more than 2,500) in the earthquake and tsunami. Dubbed "Telephone of the Wind," it's connected (by phone company standards) to nowhere. And yet individuals of all ages and whole family groups are making pilgrimages from all over the country to stand in the structure overlooking the sea, pick up the black rotary-dial telephone receiver, and speak aloud to their loved ones who were dead or missing.

"Hello. If you're out there, please listen to me."

According to  one article , "The phone is owned by a 70 year old gardener named Itaru Sasaki who had installed the phone in his garden prior to the disaster in order to give him a private space to help him cope with the loss of his cousin. However, after the devastation of the tsunami, news about the phone gradually spread, and eventually it became a well known site with various reports suggesting that three years after the disaster. it already had experienced 10,000 visitors."    READ MORE... 
 

Holly Pruett is a Portland, OR.  death educator who will be facilitating
a panel discussion on "The Dilemma of Death and the Language of Loss"
as a kick-off event for the 2017 Afterlife Conference.
 

Documentary About Choosing Suicide  
 
For those interested in conscious dying choices that include the option to end one's own life, the award-winning documentary Left on Purpose follows a man who made such a decision. I highly recommend this film for anybody who wants to participate in the important national conversation about the right to die.
 
 

The Pitfalls Of Prolonging Death
 

In this thought-provoking and heart-wrenching NPR interview, Dr. Haider Warraich  talks about how death used to be sudden, unexpected and relatively swift, but "modern death" is something quite different. Listen to the full interview HERE.  
 

For our friends in Northern California...
 

Afterlife Conference founder Terri Daniel  is offering three FREE presentations in the Bay Area during March and April. 

A ll attendees at these events will receive a coupon for $50 off general admission to the 
 


Sebastopol, CA - Thursday, March 9,  7- 9 pm
Many Rivers Bookstore -  130 South Main Street

 
We will explore old vs. new models of grief processing, and work with spiritual tools for understanding the transformative nature of loss and trauma.   

We will also learn some simple rituals for moving through pain and sadness toward a more spiritually-spacious perspective.


 
Berkeley, April 17
and
Saratoga, April 18

Near-Death Experience:
Now That we 
Know
What Should we 
Do?

We've heard the stories and we've read the research. We know that consciousness continues after the body dies, and we, as a culture, have been intellectually and spiritually elevated by learning about these life-altering experiences. So what's next? How do we teach and support conscious dying and a metaphysical understanding of birth, death and beyond?

Terri will discuss mystical practices for supporting the dying process, and will demonstrate the Shamanic Great Death Spiral, an ancient  spiritual tool for helping the soul separate from the body as death nears.  

Hosted by  The International Association  of Near-Death Studies (IANDS).

April 17, 7:30 PM -  Berkeley, CA
Rudramandir Center for Spirituality and Healing
830 Bancroft Way (at 6th)  MAP

April 18, Saratoga, CA. - 7:00 PM
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
13601 Saratoga Ave. MAP

 

March Afterlife Conference Offer!


If you register for the conference during the month of March, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free  
grief support session with  trauma specialist and grief guide  Georgena Eggleston, MA, LSP,CRS. 

Georgena is the author of A New Mourning: Discovering the Gifts in Grief, and has a private practice in Portland, OR. 


The winner of our February drawing for home study course on animal communication with Danielle MacKinnon is Judith Gaviati. Congratulations!

If you'd like to know how we select the winners for these drawings, it's very low-tech. Each month we print out the names of conference registrants for that month, put them all in a basket, and pick one. 

Coming in April.... registrants can win a free reading with Ana Cohen, one of our approved mediums-at-large.
 

Portland, OR., June 1-4, 2017 

 

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