ADEC holds historically successful conference in Baltimore


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


Thank you to all the presenters, authors, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees who helped make the 36th Annual Conference such a success! The conference enjoyed the highest attendance of any standalone ADEC conference.

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Thank you to our exhibitors and supporters, whose participation contributed directly to the success of the Annual Conference this year:

Gold Supporters

Marian University      
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) 

Silver Supporters

Baywood Publishing Company      
Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland          
National Alliance for Grieving Children      


Hospice Foundation of America                


Anne M. Carson
Bill Wheelhouse, Inc.
The Compassionate Friends
Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration
The Grief Toolbox, Inc.
Hood College Graduate School
Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation
National Center for Death Education
Open to Hope Foundation
Roberta Moore Productions
Springer Publishing Company 


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Meet the 2014 ADEC award winners who were honored in Baltimore at the ADEC Annual Conference.


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