Understanding sudden death in epilepsy and the complicated grief that may follow

Epilepsy-related deaths – like those caused by accidents, suicide, and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) – often present unique challenges, including: making sense of a death that often makes no sense, dealing with a long death investigation process that sometimes requires educating the medical examiner on SUDEP, and dealing with the anger toward medical professionals who do not always disclose the risks of living with this illness. Counseling epilepsy survivors often necessitates understanding of complicated grief due to the nature of the death.

In this webinar, we will address the central concerns that most survivors struggle with and the themes that caregivers must help survivors address. Join presenters Katherine Shear, MD and Linda Coughlin-Brooks, RN, BSN, CT, for this new ADEC webinar coming up on May 21. Learn more and register. 



Make a gift to ADEC part of your legacy

Living Legacy CircleA planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. Planned giving allows you to keep your values alive and active through the workings of the association after you’re gone. It allows you to make a substantial donation to ADEC now without depleting your day-to-day income or retirement assets.

Your planned gift will ensure ADEC’s future, as well as help support research, professional education and the development of resources to help prepare the next generation of thanatologists.

Learn about the number of ways to make a planned gift to ADEC, and learn about our Living Legacy Circle of supporters who have already made such a gift.  


Members: Renew your dues for 2014 today!


ADEC members: thank you for your membership in and continued support of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Renew your membership for 2014 today and continue to enjoy the benefits of membership: subscriptions to The Forum and three professional peer-reviewed journals; discounts on the annual conference and distance education programs; listing in our public "Find a Specialist" directory, and much more!

Plus, we're pleased to announce a new member benefit in 2014! Beginning in January, ADEC members will receive a bi-weekly email called The Thanatology NewsBrief, a digest of headlines and news related to field of thanatology. With a variety of stories selected from media outlets around the world, members will be more informed about broader issues related to death, dying and loss.


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Be a part of a growing, diverse, multidisciplinary, and international group of professionals who work in death, dying and bereavement.

Together, we promote excellence and recognize diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology; and facilitate the sharing of research, theory and practice in death, dying and bereavement.

There's a place for you in ADEC: learn more about membership and join us today.