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2020 Conference

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ADEC 2020 Annual Conference

April 28 - May 2, 2020
Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH, USA


The premiere educational, interdisciplinary meeting for professionals working in the field of death, dying and bereavement: mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, educators, clergy, funeral directors, hospital and hospice personnel, and psychologists. Save the date and join us in Columbus! Check back periodically as information becomes available.

Why attend the ADEC 42nd Annual Conference?

  • Learn about cutting-edge research and clinical practice in thanatology.
  • Customize your conference experience — choose session types and topics that suit your discipline and interests.
  • Network with peers in formal and informal settings, and establish connections that will stay with you for years.
  • Identify new resources, products and services that can help move your practice forward.
  • Earn continuing education credits, available in a variety of disciplines, including social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, counseling, nursing and more.

Arrive a few days early for our Pre-Conference Institute

Enhance your conference experience by participating in one or more of the pre-conference sessions being offered. These specially designed courses provide an in-depth look at the topics and issues of greatest importance in grief and bereavement. (Participation requires an additional fee.)


Present at the 2020 Conference 
ADEC is now accepting abstract submissions for concurrent sessions and poster presentations. Learn more and submit your proposal online. The deadline is Sept. 13.

Nominations Open for 2020 ADEC Awards
ADEC recognizes professionals in thanatology for their commitment to the field and advancing the study of dying, death and bereavement. Professionals at various stages of their careers in the field are honored during the annual conference. Award nominations are due Sept. 30.

Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities
Conference provides access to many opportunities for you to engage with thanatology professionals for valuable face time, networking, prospecting and feedback. There are a variety of ways for your organizations to be involved and support the 2020 Conference