Issue # 103 - August 2023

Aug. 30 - Sept. 3

Washington DC

International Assn.

for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)

Annual Conference


Oct. 2 - 4

Little Rock, AR.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

Annual Conference


September 23 - Live!

Portland, OR.

Grief Workshop

with Dr. Terri Daniel


See story below


October 13 - 16

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Making Peace with Loss

with Terri Daniel, Heather Stang

and special guest

medium Suzane Northrop

(see story, below)

Is it Time to Revive The Afterlife Conference ?

As many of you know, this newsletter began circulating in 2010 to promote our first conference, known at the time as The Afterlife Conference. We've come a long way since then (if you don't know our history, you can read about it HERE). Many of our subscribers have been with us since the beginning, and have evolved alongside us as we've explored different avenues of interest.

We've been in conversation with some potential partners about the possibility of reviving the original Afterlife Conference, and would love to hear your thoughts about it. If you have an opinion on this, I hope you will take a moment to fill out this short survey, which will help us determine if there's enough interest to go forward with Afterlife Conference 2.0.

Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, FFGT

Clinical Chaplaincy, End-of-Life Educator

Bereavement and Trauma Support


Haven for Mediums and Spiritualists

Re-Opens in Lilydale

"... about 10,000 people attend Lily Dale every summer to meet with mediums who they believe can connect with the spirits of their dead relatives. Established in the late 1870s, the village of Lily Dale has been a mecca for spiritualism and mediumship ever since. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s official end, the village is reopening without any restrictions, allowing seasoned regulars and curious first-timers to cross paths at “the Dale” after a hiatus of three years." READ MORE...

Virtual Memorial Research Study

If you have a terminally-ill loved one and would like to to participate in a study (and receive some guidance) related to creating a virtual memorial, this is an invitation to participate in research on anticipating a loss. This project seeks to support those that want to plan and create a virtual memorial consisting of shared memories such as photographs, stories, recordings, art, written work, etc. Participants will receive a $500 donation toward medical expenses.


What is Spirtual Bypassing?

Here's a sneak peek at one of the presentations from our Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, which took place earlier this month. Craig Cashwell PhD has done extraordinary research on a common response to loss known as "spiritual bypassing," defined as a “tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks.” In addition to what Craig shares in this video, you can learn more about spiritual bypassing in this article.

Interested in seeing all the presentations from this year's conference? You can purchase the recordings HERE.

Advice for Future Corpses

In this encore episode of Dr. Karen Wyatt's End-of-Life University podcast, learn how a Buddhist approach to dying can help us come to terms with our mortality. Dr. Wyatt interviews Sallie Tisdale, a palliative care nurse who has taught at Reed College, Northwestern University, and New York University, and contributed to the Antioch Review, Tricycle, Harper’s Magazine and the New Yorker. LISTEN HERE

Making Women Less Invisible

in Orthodox Israel

"From 2004 to 2012, Israel’s largest transportation company, Egged, stopped running advertisements with women’s photos in Jerusalem after the ads were repeatedly defaced. In 2017, the furniture manufacturer Ikea created an alternative Israeli catalog without a single photo of a woman."


Spiritual vs. Religious Alternatives to Church

“Too many of us feel isolated and bereft of purpose. What worked for prior generations is failing,” said ter Kuile, the founder, most recently, of The Nearness, in a recent interview. “But I think we’re both reclaiming and re-creating what we need most: a feeling of belonging and purpose.” READ MORE...

For Those Interested in Religious Scholarship

Dr. Bart Ehrman is one of the world's premier biblical scholars, with six New York Times best-selling books and countless academic research articles to his credit. A former fundamentalist Christian who relinquished devotional faith in favor of academic investigation, Ehrman is now a leading voice in historical/critical study of scripture.

This past weekend, he offered a free day-long course called "Why I am Not a Christian" that was attended by more than 3000 people on Zoom. His presentation was riveting as he discussed his personal journey and his current work as a religious studies professor and researcher. WATCH THE RECORDING HERE


Recordings from

the 2023

Conference on

Death, Grief and Belief

are now available!



Presenters Wanted for Our Winter Symposium

In addition to the The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief that we produce each summer, we also offer a professional symposium every January (online), and we're looking for presenters for 2024. To give you an idea of the symposium content, HERE is a link to our most recent event.

Our 2024 theme will be "Mystical Experiences of the Dying and the Bereaved," and we're looking for presenters who can support their content with academic research and/or first-hand clinical experience. If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please fill out THIS FORM, and note these requirements:

. Please include a video sample of you giving a presentation

. Because we issue CE credits for these presentations, you must have at least a

masters degree in a related field.



In-Depth Grief Workshop

Portland, OR. Sept. 23

In conjunction with AccentCare Hospice in Portland, Oregon, the public is invited to a FREE day-long workshop facilitated by Dr. Terri Daniel.

These workshops are offered quarterly, free of charge to the community to help individuals and families manage the difficult journey of loss and bereavement. These workshops teach unique coping skills and healing tools not typically found in traditional counseling or support group settings, including group work, art therapy processes, family dynamic mapping, sacred ceremony and more. The September workshop is Saturday Sept. 23, from 10 am – 5 pm


Terri Daniel, Heather Stang and Suzane Northrop

at The Omega Institute Oct. 13 - 15

If you are mourning the death of a loved one or a loss of any kind, including divorce, job loss, pet loss, health loss, or any major life transition, this workshop provides a rare emotional learning experience via interactive processes and sacred rituals for navigating the grief journey.

Join us in beautiful Rhinebeck, NY for a weekend of natural beauty, supportive community and deep healing as you shift the focus of your grief from external events to internal transformation. Find comfort and wisdom through an array of healing practices and multicultural traditions including yoga, guided visualization, art therapy, music therapy, and sacred ceremony.


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Death, Grief and Belief Facebook Group

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Chaplains Outside the Box Facebook Group

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