Issue # 86 - February 2022

Jan. 30- ONLINE
A Professional Symposium


Feb. 23 - 27 - ONLINE
(see related story, below)

Feb - April 2022
with Daniel Foor


March 9 - July 6 ONLINE


March 23 and 25 - LIVE!
Lake Oswego, OR.

Hello Friends!

If you're planning to attend The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief in Portland this summer, please be reminded that our earlybird prices end on February 15, and it's a $50 discount on general admission. This is the only chance you'll have to save that much, so register before Feb.15 to take advantage of this great offer!

Remember... if it turns out Covid forces us to cancel the conference, all tickets will be fully refunded.

In other news, we're still looking for a few onsite conference volunteers (see related story below). And we're thrilled to announce that we've just added a full-day, pre-conference workshop that will be of particular interest to end-of-life and bereavement professionals. You'll find details on that below as well.

AND... You'll notice something new about our format this month... we've divided the content up into sections so you can easily jump around to find the news that interests you the most!

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy, Bereavement and Trauma Support
Survival of Consciousness After Death:
What Is the Most Persuasive Scientific Evidence?

People throughout history and across all cultures have believed in some sort of afterlife — and there is a significant amount of scientific evidence that supports this belief. The research team at The Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) recently submitted a paper on the survival of human consciousness after death to an essay contest hosted by the Bigelow Institute for Conscious Studies (BICS). They were one of 29 winners of the contest, which saw a total of 205 essay submissions from over 1000 initial applicants. READ MORE...
What the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Have in Common with Radical Protestants of 500 Years Ago
For over a decade, one of the biggest stories in American religion has been the rise of the “Nones,” a broad term for people who do not identify with a specific faith. The religiously-unaffiliated now make up just over one quarter of the U.S. population.

While the Nones include agnostics and atheists, most people in this category retain a belief in God or some higher power. Many describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” or “SBNR,” as researchers refer to them.

As a professor of theology at a Unitarian Universalist and multireligious seminary, I encounter many students who fit within the SBNR mold. They are studying to become chaplains, interfaith ministers and social activists. But they may be surprised to know how much they resemble certain Protestants who lived five centuries ago – some of the so-called radical reformers who split off from Martin Luther’s Reformation. READ MORE...
Our Latest Podcast...
Meet Dan Beecher from Thank God I'm Atheist
Dan is one half of the brilliantly funny team that hosts the Thank God I'm Atheist podcast, which recently marked its 500th episode. Co-host Frank Feldman wasn't available for the interview, but Dan did a fantastic job of educating us about all things ExMo (Ex-Mormon), and the absurdities of bibical literalism, blind allegiance to faith doctrines and the "unapologetically cheesy" videos used by Mormons to convert people via Facebook. LISTEN HERE
It Doesn't Matter if You Believe in an Afterlife...
This Video Will Touch Your Heart if You've Ever Lost a Pet
The Art of Dying to Live
An Exploration of Life, Death, and the Afterlife
Hosted by the Dalai Lama's Cultural Center in the U.S.
ONLINE Feb. 23 - 27, 2022
Learn from a stellar list of esteemed teachers who will help you explore ancient and modern understandings of dying and living through a variety of cultural and spiritual lenses, including Tibetan and Zen Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Judaic, and Shamanic traditions. In this extraordinary conference, you will explore the nature of death as part of life, and compare all visions of possible afterlife experiences from existential to theistic to shamanic. CLICK HERE for details.
Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot
A New Book by Seth Andrews
Our friend Seth Andrews (who will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming conference) has a new book coming out next month, and is offering a limited number of advance autographed copies. Seth is a broadcaster, storyteller, author, activist and public speaker best known as host of the popular website, podcast, and online community, The Thinking Atheist.

Details on his new book can be found HERE

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. 
Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR 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
Despite the latest Covid variant, we are still going forward with our plans for a live conference in July, and we are 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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