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Tall ship in Baltimore's harborADEC 36th Annual Conference
April 23–26, 2014
Riding the Dragon: End of Life and Grief as a Path to Resilience, Transformation and Compassion
Pre-Conference Institute: April 22–23, 2014
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD


Come to ADEC's annual conference to mingle, learn and network with a diverse group of professionals — psychologists, counselors, academicians, social workers, researchers, nurses, hospice professionals — all committed to the study and advancement of thanatology. Onsite registration will begin on Tuesday, April 22, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

Can't attend the conference in person? Learn about webcasting options to "attend" the conference virtually from home.


Learn more about:  
Keynote Presentations
  |  Pre-Conference Institute  |  Concurrent Sessions  |  Featured Speakers 


Attendees: download or print out the final program for access to all session abstracts. (In an effort to reduce expenses and be environmentally conscious, ADEC will print a smaller version of this program for distribution to attendees; full abstracts will not be printed out.)


The ADEC Annual Conference presents a unique opportunity for interaction between individuals concerned with the psychosocial, clinical and educational aspects of dying, death and bereavement.

Why attend the annual conference?

  • Learn about cutting-edge research and clinical practice in thanatology
  • Explore key content from across ADEC's entire Body of Knowledge, like end-of-life decision-making, assessment and intervention, or cultural, religious and historical perspectives on death and loss
  • Create a curriculum tailored to your discipline and interests.
  • Identify new resources and earn continuing education credits.


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About our theme
Death and bereavement are profoundly life-altering and may be likened to a great and mysterious hero’s journey. The path of grief is often dark and ominous, when suddenly, in the words of author Julia Cameron, “rising from the mists and rolling fog of our not knowing,” the hero (griever) comes face to face with a dragon. According to a Chinese proverb, “If he ignores the dragon, it will eat him. If he tries to confront the dragon it will overpower him. But if he rides the dragon, he will take advantage of its might and power.” Therein lies the potential for resilience, transformation and compassion. At this year’s conference, participants will deepen their appreciation for the dark night of the soul and the great gifts that can emerge when, rather than being defeated, the bereaved find the strength and courage to ride the dragon.



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Gold Supporter / Bag Sponsor


Gold Supporter / Lanyard Sponsor

Marian University
Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate in Thanatology

Silver Supporter / Pen Sponsor

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Silver Supporter / One-Hour Refreshment Break / Poster Presentation Session


Silver Supporter / Refreshment Break

The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland