Affiliates and Collaborators

ADEC partners with various professional organizations that share common interests in research and practice. ADEC has active collaborations around the world with professional organizations, corporations, and nonprofits that promote excellence and diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling or research in thanatology.



The Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Thanatology programs at Marian University offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and scientific study of the dying and grieving process; cultural attitudes towards death and loss; spirituality and ethical standards; suicide prevention education; applied research; and the spiritual, social, psychological and medical aspects of dying, death, loss and grief. Our curriculum is aligned with the Association for Death Education and Counseling's (ADEC) Body of Knowledge, and prepares students to take the ADEC certification examination. As a graduate, you'll be prepared to find employment in areas like churches, funeral homes, hospices, hospitals and non-profit organizations, among others.

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACBG) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Registered as a public benevolent institution, the Centre receives operational funding through the Palliative Care Program of the Victorian Department of Health. Its mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities in order to enhance well-being following adverse life events. ACBG is a membership affiliate organization with ADEC.


The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) conducts provides leadership in hospice care and in the entire spectrum of end-of-life issues. HFA offers programs of professional development, public education and information, research, publications and health policy issues. Programs for healthcare professionals assist those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief; while programs for the public assist individual consumers of health care who are coping with issues of caregiving, terminal illness, and grief. The HFA is a regular supporter of the ADEC Annual Conference.


The National Students of AMF (NSAMF) Support Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Students of AMF Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide that connect and empower grieving college students to support one another. This partnership between NSAMF and ADEC helps promote greater student involvement in ADEC and supports students who wish to learn more or pursue a career in thanatology by providing reduced membership rates and conference scholarships.


The Foundation of Seed of Divine Light (SDL) is a consortium of hospitals and universities in South Korea. The mission of SDL is to achieve restoration of human nature and touches of humanity to the world by practicing patient-based medical treatment and Emotional Awareness IT Program. SDL has established this affiliation to facilitate ADEC’s Certification in Thanatology program within its consortium of institutions in South Korea.