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The Afterlife Advocate

A Conversation about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving 
and the Journey of the Soul

Issue # 67 - JULY 2020
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Events We Recommend

A Message From the Editor

With Dr. Terri Daniel
and Sarah Peterson, LCSW

July 17 – Oct. 21 ONLINE
with Daniel Foor, PhD


July 21 - ONLINE
with Suzane Northrop
and Thomas John


Online Monthly
with Austyn Wells

August 15 - 16
with Kitty Edwards

How Flowers Teach Us About Death

June and July are the most beautiful months here in northern California. We have enough sun and warmth to grow bountiful gardens, and enough coastal fog and cool air to keep the flowers fresh and healthy before the August heat causes them to fight for their lives.

As someone who recognizes the nature of impermanence and is quite at home with death, loss and grief, I was surprised, during a recent early season heatwave, at how attached I was to to my favorite flowers. As they gasped for relief under the blazing sun, I fought heroically to keep them alive, and the parallel to our death-averse culture was not lost on me. I was compelled to write THIS BLOG POST, which I hope you will read (and comment on).

That's my only message for this month, other than a reminder that the 2020 Afterlife Conference Livestream is now available for viewing. You can watch it until Sept. 30 (details below).

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

Just Published!
Two New Episodes of our New Podcast!

Ken Doka PhD, senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America and one of the world's leading experts on death, dying and bereavement joins us for an in-depth conversation about grief theory, grief responses, and the stigma of suicide.

Jordan Justice MD is a double board-certified physician in emergency medicine and pediatrics who has traveled throughout the world as a medical volunteer in countries that include Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Tibet, India and Israel. In this conversation, Dr. Justice talks about his work in a major metropolitan hospital dealing with deaths from the Covid 19 virus, and how difficult it can be at times to "keep it human."
Why Did You Bring Me Back?
A brilliant interview with an extraordinary doctor
on resuscitated patients asking, "Why did you bring me back?"

One of the Most Beautiful Funeral Scenes
We've Ever Seen
Terri Daniel and Sonya Lott
Talk About Grief on NPR
Here are some key takeaways from this 17-minute interview with NPR reporter Stephanie O'Neill:

  1. There are no "stages of grief."
  2. Our losses can be seen as openings rather than wounds.
  3. We must be present with our grief; not resistant to it.
  4. Suffering has value. Pain has purpose.
  5. We don't recover from loss. We integrate it into who we are.

Watch the 2020 Afterlife Conference ONLINE!
Three days of high-value content to watch during Corona virus lockdown!
Even though we had to cancel the 2020 Afterlife Conference in Chicago, you can still attend, because we're bringing it to you ONLINE! Watch it live, in real time, or watch the recording at your convenience any time until September 30. DETAILS HERE

Meet Our Mascot, Buster the Dog
We introduced Buster back in 2017 as the official mascot of The Afterlife Conference, but with so many new subscribers who haven't met him yet, we thought it was time to bring him back into the spotlight. He is a prolific author, an excellent public speaker, and a deeply spiritual being.
Interested in Interfaith Chaplaincy?
Are you interested in end-of-life or hospice work as a spiritual care provider? If you'd like to enhance your professional standing with a mainstream credential in pastoral care, consider enrolling in the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) this fall. I will be teaching a course there called Spirituality in Bereavement: Interfaith Perspectives, which highlights sections on Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

You can pursue this as either a certificate program (which includes a unit of CPE), or as part of an academic degree.

You do not have to subscribe to any religious tradition to be a clinical chaplain. Contrary to popular stereotypes, clinical chaplains present themselves to clients and patients as religiously neutral, regardless of their personal theological perspective. Read THIS ARTICLE on what chaplains DON'T do.
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