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 email@example.com
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.
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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
For our friends in Northern California...
Afterlife Conference founder Terri Daniel is offering three FREE presentations in the Bay Area during March and April.
All attendees at these events will receive a coupon for $50 off general admission to the
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
Saratoga, April 18
Near-Death Experience: Now That we
What Should we
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.
The International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS).
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.