Issue # 81 - September 2021
Sept. 2 - ONLINE
with Kitty Edwards
Sept. 9 - ONLINE
with Karen Wyatt MD

Sept. - Dec. ONLINE
Professional Certificates and
Continued Education courses

Oct. 1 - 3, Rhinebeck, NY
The Omega Institute
with Dr. Terri Daniel
(see article below)

Oct. 8-9 - ONLINE
Presented by ACISTE


Nov. 12-14 - ONLINE
Our Evolution Continues

If you've been following us for a while, then you know that we're in the process of "re-branding" the conference we've been producing for the past 11 years, and shifting our focus for 2022. What was formerly The Afterlife Conference is now The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, and we hope you'll join us on this new adventure!

Our newsletter is evolving too. In this issue you'll see an eclectic mix of content covering a wide range of interests, from religious trauma and toxic theology to grief support, afterlife beliefs and spiritual inquiry.

Remember... we're not abandoning our involvement with spirituality and mysticism... we're just giving it a new spin. And in doing so, we hope to attract a new audience while keeping our existing one engaged. Trying to offer something for everybody might not be the best strategy, but that's what we're aiming for. So if you see something here that doesn't resonate with you, keep on reading.... you'll find something else that does!

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy, Bereavement and Trauma Support
Our 2022 Conference Confirmed!
Mark Your Calendar!
We are thrilled to announce that we've confirmed a date and location for our 2022 conference! It will be July 15-17, 2022, in Portland, Oregon, and it will be hybrid, which means it will be LIVE, but also livestreamed, so if you can't attend in person, who can watch it online.

It's still almost a year away, so lots of details (and presenters) still need to be confirmed. But for now, here's a sneak peek at some of the topics that will be addressed:

  • Psychics, Mediums and Seers in The Bible 
  • Leaving Religion: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • A Heretic's Guide to the Afterlife
  • The Non-Religious Afterlife
  • Jewish Fundamentalism: The Original Orthodoxy
  • Why Psychologists Need to Understand Religious Problems
  • Near-Death Experiences Throughout History and Across Cultures
  • Do Mystics Have to Believe in THAT God?
  • Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Hebrew Bible

We hope to open registration by the end of October, with earlybird prices availalbe until Dec. 31st. Visit our conference website, and stay tuned for updates.

Sponsorships available! Click here for details!
What is Toxic Positivity and Spiritual Bypassing?
Photo: CCO Creative Commons

Dr. Craig Cashwell focuses his scholarship on behavioral addictions and the competent and ethical integration of spirituality and religion into counseling. 

He will be one of our presenters for the professional development symposium on death and bereavement studies that we're offering in January, and we think you'll enjoy hearing what he has to say about "spiritual bypassing" in the following interviews:

Can Religion Give You PTSD? 
by Stephanie Russell-Kraft - THE NEW REPUBLIC - March 23, 2021
Illustration byh Eva Redamont
"When Ana Sharp Williamson came home from her honeymoon in the summer of 2019, she moved in with her husband and began the process of deciding which church they should go to. She didn’t want to go to her childhood church, so decided to go to his until they found the right fit. It was only 15 minutes away from their home in Independence, Missouri.

But every Sunday, Williamson had a severe panic attack five minutes from the church parking lot. “I would start to feel very upset and panicky and start crying and hyperventilating,” the 24-year-old said. “I would pull it together in the car, and we would go in and sit through the service, and I would have another breakdown when we left.” Once, after the pastor made an offhand joke about women not being able to preach, Williamson had a panic attack in the pews.” READ MORE...

After-Death Communication
to Support the Grief Journey

This film follows three grieving widows on their search for relief, culminating in a highly unconventional study at the University of North Texas. There, scientists are working to reduce acute grief symptoms by facilitating telepathic "reconnections" between survivor and deceased. It's the first publicly-funded research of its kind. Click HERE for details.
Learning Opportunities and Continuing Education
Interested in a certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy or continuing education credits in Spirituality and Mental Health? Here are three ONLINE university courses this fall that might interest you:
Scholarships Offered for
Scholarships are availabale for the Spirituality and Chronic Illness  class offered by the University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology. To apply:

Visit this link.

Scroll down to the Spirituality and Bereavement course. When registering, enter the code MHS50OFF to receive a 50% discount on the course fee.
Certificates and/or Academic Credits in
Grief Workshop with Dr. Terri Daniel
at The Omega Institute October 1-3
We are very excited to announce a unique workshop that will be held on the beautiful campus of The Omega Institute in update New York, October 1-3.

Dr. Terri Daniel joins Dr. Donna Holland Barnes, author of The Truth About Suicide, and Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief to present MAKING PEACE WITH LOSS, which will offer practical tools for tending to the pain of grief, creating a healthy space for mourning, and integrating losses into a new reality. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Coming in November... The Beautiful Dying Expo

We are proud to support The Beautiful Dying Expo, a FREE virtual event where you can take actionable steps and gain the knowledge you need to plan your final celebration. Learn from experts in diverse fields related to death, dying and bereavement via live and recorded workshops. Register here.

We are still The Afterlife Conference,
but we are transitioning to becoming
The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief.
You can still find us in both places!

Contact us: