Welcome to
The Afterlife Advocate
 A Conversation  about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving
and the Journey of the Soul
Issue # 58 - OCTOBER 2019

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Events We Recommend

Vancouver, BC 
Oct 17 - 21 
Scottsdale, AZ.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 3
Symposium with multiple teachers and programs
Worldwide - ONLINE
Oct 30 - Dec. 18
Spiritual Journeys
in Chronic Illness

with Dr. Karen Wyatt
and Dr. TerrI Daniel
for nurses, social workers, counselors and more! 
Worldwide Online Oct. 27
Mediumship Practicum
with Austyn Wells
Sebastopol, CA. Nov. 1-4
with Jerrigrace Lyons
Deerfield, IL - Nov. 9
Messages from Spirit
with Suzane Northrop
and Thomas John
The 2020 Afterlife Conference is Ready to Roll!   
I originally intended to dedicate this month's right-hand column to a recap of my September speaking tour in Oregon, which was very  successful and generated lots of attention for my new book,Grief and God: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing.

But there's much bigger news to report... Our 2020 Afterlife Conference web page is now live, and registration is now open! And, of course, as a subscriber, you get first dibs at the earlybird price, which saves you $75 on general admission. Be sure to register before Dec. 31 to take advantage of this great offer

This is our 10th annual conference, and we are in major celebration mode. The fact that we've managed to continue this long is a huge blessing, and the 2020 conference will be full of extra little events and perks to mark this momentous milestone. We're still in the early planning stages, so speakers and schedules are still being finalized. But we highly recommend that you register early, and we'll keep you informed of changes and updates. 

On behalf of our speakers, staff and volunteers, we look forward to seeing you there!

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP
Founder, The Original Afterlife Conference
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy,
Bereavement and Trauma Support

The 2020 Afterlife Conference 

is Coming to Chicago!

June 4 - 7, 2020
Downer's Grove, IL

 Register before Dec. 31
to save $75 on general admission

The Afterlife Awareness Conference

These videos from the BBC explore the various ways that we approach dying, death and grief. Take a moment to browse through them. They're excellent!

Should Catholics Talk to the Dead?

While only a very small percentage of our subscribers are practicing Catholics, this article is of great interest to all of us, because it addresses the conflict many people feel when their inter-dimensional experiences seem to go against religious doctrine: 
"Dana Nygaard is a Catholic and a licensed professional counselor who speaks to grief groups and counsels clients through loss. Nygaard told CNA that because many Catholics misunderstand what happens to souls after death, she urges caution when talking about what it means to talk to dead loved ones.

'If they're speaking to a loved one, how are they doing that? Is it through saying, 'Hey grandma, I think you're up there in heaven with God. I really hope you pray and look over me.' Okay, well that sounds fine,' she said.
"Or...are they going to a psychic or a medium? Is this necromancy? How were they doing this?  I think that's an important question,' Nygaard said.

"According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 'all forms of divination are to be rejected,' which includes the conjuring up the dead.  However, the Church encourage Catholics to pray for the dead as one of the spiritual works of mercy."   READ MORE...

Bringing Death Midwifery Into the Mainstream

Many of our newsletter subscribers and Afterlife Conference attendees are pursing careers in death midwifery. The problem is that the medical establishment and the mainstream hospice community does not recognize "death doula" as a viable professional designation.

The good news is that there is a powerful movement emerging to bridge this gap, and it is creating significant inroads to the leading organization in the hospice field, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). 

If you're interested in increasing awareness of the benefits of doulas for the dying and their families, please read THIS ARTICLE. This is what we want the future of end-of-life care to look like... a world where death midwives are present in hospitals, nursing homes, emergency rooms, ambulances, battlefields and other environments where people are dying and need compassionate assistance with the transition process. 

 Online Course on
Spirituality and Chronic Illness
Caregivers, patients, and professionals... Join us for an extraordinary online class exploring Spirituality and Chronic Illness 24 CE credits available.

When facing chronic illness we must consider not only a patient's physical care, but the spiritual and psychosocial impact of chronic illness on the individual, the family and the supporting community. This 16-session online class explores spiritual issues related to illness, suffering and healing, and the existential questions that challenge our belief systems and our images of the divine.

Facilitated by hospice physician Karen Wyatt MD and end-of-life educator Dr. Terri Daniel.



Did you miss our recent podcast  on 
and Bad Theology? 

This is one of our most popular programs, and it's now available 
on You Tube! 

Listen to it HERE

If you like this topic,  check out Terri Daniel's new book, GRIEF AND GOD: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing. Available in print on  Amazon  or downloadable as an  ebook .
For lively discourse on topics related to 
death and the  afterlife, join the conversation in our  

We also have a thought-provoking blog. 
Read it (and comment) HERE.