Abstract Submissions

Abstract Submissions are closed. No extensions are being accepted. Thank you to all who have submitted a proposal. Notifications will go out by mid-December.

Concurrent Session and Poster Presentations
April 25–28, 2018
Submissions are proposals for oral presentations during the concurrent sessions (either 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes long) or for poster presentations.

Here are some helpful documents when Submitting and Preparing an Abstract:

Guidance for People Submitting an Abstract
Guidance for People Preparing a Presentation
Guidance for People Preparing a Poster

ADEC uses an online abstract submission database to collect proposals. Review each of the specific submission requirements below and gather the required information in preparation for online submission.

ADEC Presentation Types

You must choose from the following submission types . Read the entire list; you will choose the best presentation type for your submission when filling out the proposal information. Submissions will be evaluated on how closely the submission matches the presentation type selected. 

About Presenters

Primary Presenter

One presenter should be listed as the primary presenter. Data required for the primary presenter: first name, last name, highest degree/designation, title, affiliation, full mailing address, e-mail address, biography and CV.

Additional Presenters

All the names entered as additional presenters must serve as speakers during this presentation. Co-author names are not collected in the abstract submission process; however, they can be acknowledged verbally or in handouts during the presentation. Data required for the additional presenters: first name, last name, highest degree/designation, title, affiliation, full mailing address, e-mail address, biography and CV.


A non-presenter can submit a proposal on behalf of the presenters, if desired. The submitter must indicate that his or her role is "entered by" only, unselecting the primary and additional presenter roles.

Note: The person listed as the primary presenter, which may or may not be the same person as the submitter, is considered the administrative contact and will be the individual receiving notice from ADEC headquarters.

About the Abstract Content

Title and Text:
This year, two abstracts are required for each submission, one of 300 words that will be used by the reviewers to assess your submission and another abstract of 100 words. The longer abstract will not be made available to attendees. If your proposal is accepted, the shorter abstract will be made available to attendees to aid them in deciding which presentations they wish to attend.

Each abstract submission must specify the category that is most appropriate. Categories are based on ADEC's Body of Knowledge Grid. View the Category Definitions  for a more detailed description of each.
Categories help conference organizers create a balanced program and allow for the creation of a subject index in printed meeting materials. The planning committee reserves the right to change the category if necessary.

  • Dying
  • End-of-Life Decision-Making
  • Loss, Grief and Mourning (Death-related)
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Traumatic Death
  • Death Education
  • Non-death-related Loss
Each abstract submission must specify the indicator that is most appropriate. View the Indicator Descriptors  for a more detailed description of each.

  • Cultural/Socialization
  • Religious/Spiritual
  • Professional Issues
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Contemporary Perspectives
  • Life Span
  • Insitutional/Societal
  • Family and Individual
  • Resources and Research
  • Ethical/Legal
Presentation Level
Each abstract must identify the knowledge/skill level required of the participant.

  • Introductory: Presentations that all participants (including undergraduate students) with any appropriate background will be able to fully comprehend and/or appreciate. Presentations will discuss concepts that are considered basic skills/knowledge for those working in the field of thanatology.
  • Intermediate: Presentations that participants may more fully comprehend/appreciate if they have at least some work experience in the topic to be discussed.
  • Advanced: Presentations that present concepts that require a high-level of previous knowledge or work experience in the particular area/topic to be discussed as well as being most geared for specialists and those in advanced stages of their career.
Learning Objectives
All abstract submissions, except posters, must include three learning objectives that will answer the question: At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss theoretical causes of post-bereavement family conflicts.
  • Utilize a model of conflict resolution for inclusion in post-bereavement conflict management.
  • Recognize the interaction of family patterns, attachment type, conflict style and grief when resolving post bereavement issues. View Acceptable Learning Objectives Verbs


  • All abstracts submissions must include at least three references and no more than five.
  • We suggest that at least three references are within the last seven years.
  • Any research proposal must have three references from the last year seven years.
  • No more than one reference may be from an Internet source.
  • All references must be listed in proper APA style. Not sure how to correctly write references in APA style? Use this handy Citation Maker. (The link will open in a new window).
    • Read the instructions.
    • Select the reference material source from the right menu in yellow.
    • Enter the reference information into the form.
    • Click on Create Citation.
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to view each reference separately.
    • Click on Save and a window containing your citations will open. Copy and paste each reference separately into the abstract form. 

All presenters will be required to disclose relationships with commercial entities. This is necessary for ADEC to comply with requirements to provide nursing continuing education credits via a national accrediting body.

Audiovisual Equipment - the following AV equipment is/or not provided:

  • All oral presenters will need to bring their own laptop. No laptop computers will be provided. LCD projector for PowerPoint presentations and one podium microphone will be provided. (Mac users should bring their adapter cords and laptops.)
  • All other AV equipment including 35mm slide projectors, VCRs, and overhead transparency projectors will not be available. The only item available by request is a flipchart with markers that can be requested during abstract submission. Requests are subject to approval by the program committee. 

  • Evaluation of Proposals

    Proposals are evaluated through blind review on the basis of several criteria including the following: clarity of content; suitability of fit between the presentation type and the proposed content; relationship to the ADEC body of knowledge; interest and usefulness of content to attendees; degree to which content is new or innovative; relationship to conference theme; theoretical and/or research base for content; and appropriateness for references.

    Notification of Status
    Notification of acceptance will be made to the administrative contract via e-mailed the first week in December. ADEC headquarters is unable to respond to inquiries regarding the outcome before this date.

    IMPORTANT! Submission of an abstract implies your availability to present on any day of the conference. ADEC is unable to accommodate preferences for specific presentation days. All presenters are required to pay the full meeting registration fee. There are no honoraria or complimentary meeting registrations available to abstract presenters.

    Contact ADEC Headquarters at: adec@adec.org