Issue # 87 - March 2022

March 12 - ONLINE
with Raymond Moody & William Peters
March 9 - July 6 ONLINE
with Tarron Estes
March 17 to April 21 - ONLINE
with Kitty Edwards
March 23 and 25 - LIVE!
Lake Oswego, OR.
with Terri Daniel
April 29 - May 1 - ONLINE


We have lots to report this month, but most notably, for those who are hoping to attend our upcoming Conference on Death, Grief and Belief in Portland, Oregon, there will no masks required! The state is lifting its indoor mask mandate, so if you're vaccinated, you can mix and mingle with your whole face visible!

In other conference news, we've just added a post-conference excursion to one of the most beautiful places on earth... the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. And on Friday, prior to the conference officially opening, we've added a pre-conference workshop with two of the most influential researchers in the field of loss and bereavement.

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy, Bereavement and Trauma Support
Three New Ask Doctor Death Interviews
Near-Death Experiences:
A Feedback Loop of
Cultural and Religous Influence

Gregory Shushan PhD is the leading authority on near-death experiences in historical reports. He points out, among other things, that stories of NDEs over thousands of years have contributed to the establishment of religious beliefs, and conversely, those beliefs also influence what we experience in our NDEs.
Rejecting Faith
and Embracing Reason

Seth Andrews is a former Christian radio broadcaster who escaped the bonds of fundamentalistism to become one of the leading voices for atheism and free thought. His podcast The Thinking Atheist, is one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, offering a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth. LISTEN HERE
Dr. Terri Daniel and Dr. Karen Wyatt launched the Ask Doctor Death podcast in February 2020 (now celebrating our two-year anniversary!). The podcast is a forum for boldly talking about death, grief and belief, where no subject is too sensitive or too taboo. Special guests include a wide range of experts, from hospice doctors and religious scholars to scientists and shamans.

In this special bonus episode, Karen and Terri interview each other, and talk about the reasons why they're so interested in death. LISTEN HERE
Here’s How Religion Imprints Us —
Even When We Walk Away
By Annelise Jolley
The percentage of religious “nones” — individuals with no religious affiliation — is rising steadily across the United States and many countries across the world. But not all nones lack religious experience. Some of them have abandoned a religious tradition, forming a group that social psychologist Daryl Van Tongeren has dubbed religious “dones.” READ MORE...
Shared Death Experiences:
A Little-Known Type of End-of-Life Phenomena
Reported by Caregivers and Loved Ones
Anecdotal evidence suggests that some loved ones and caregivers of dying patients undergo a type of end-of-life phenomena known as a shared death experience or SDE, whereby one feels that one has participated in a dying person’s transition to a post-mortem existence. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that SDEs can have a range of profound psycho-spiritual-emotional effects. However, SDEs have been all but ignored in hospice and palliative medicine, leaving professional bereavement services uninformed about SDEs and leaving individuals who report SDEs without adequate professional support to process and integrate them. READ MORE...

NOTE: The founder of this project, William Peters, has just published a book about his research called At Heaven’s Door: What Shared Journeys to the Afterlife Teach about Dying Well and Living Better. Find it on Amazon.
Rapture Anxiety
By Joshua Rivera
Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo
It’s hard to overstate how large the rapture loomed while I was growing up in the evangelical world. As a child, I was taught that I might live to see the end of the world. I learned how to see it coming, too: How the nation of Israel was “God’s timepiece” hitting marks on a prophetic timeline, how the machinations of the Catholic Church and the United Nations would soon come to a head and form a one-world government, how God would be driven out of America’s public square as people looked to other things for salvation. READ MORE...

Promote Yourself at
The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief!
At this year's conference we are offering several different options for exhibiting your products or services. If you're planning to attend in person, you can get a table in our exhibit hall. If you can't be there live, we are offering "virtual visiting hours," which allows you to set up a Zoom room where you can meet and chat with attendees. If you're interested, please fill out our Exhibitor Profile, and we'll get in touch with you to work out the details.
Just Added to the Conference Schedule!
A Full-Day, Pre-Conference Workshop Facilitated by
Two of the Leading Voices in Contemporary Grief Research
(Six CE credit hours available) 
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World-renowned grief experts Robert Neimeyer PhD and Carolyn Ng PsyD will be facilitating an in-depth workshop on Loss and the Quest for Meaning: From Complicated Spiritual Grief to Personal Reconstruction that will be of particular interest to bereaved individuals as well as bereavement professionals (six CE credit hours available).

This interactive, experiential event will explore the practical implications of a "meaning reconstruction" approach to grief, whether the loss is related to a death or to a non-death event such as the loss of health, relationships, meaningful work, social connections or life-defining roles.

The workshop introduces a rich selection of practical tools and techniques, including arts-assisted methods, reflective exercises, interactive group work and symbolic visualization that can ultimately help restore a sense of coherence and meaning in the aftermath of loss.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD is professor emeritus in the department of psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides online training in grief therapy. He has published 33 books, including New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond, and serves as editor of The Journal of Death Studies. 
maintains a private counseling and training practice in Singapore while also serving as associate director of The Portland Institute. She is certified in solution-focused brief therapy and narrative therapy, and is a master clinical member of the Singapore Association for Counselling, and a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling.
Volunteers Needed for the Conference
We're looking for a few good volunteers!

There are several different tasks that volunteers can help with, from advance conference planning to administration and tech support at the live conference. If you're interested, please fill out THIS ONLINE APPLICATION.
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