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The Association for Death Education and Counseling®, The Thanatology Association®, is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers. Membership in ADEC is open to anyone interested in the field of death education and counseling.

ADEC's membership comprises a wide range of professional disciplines, including psychology, education, nursing, hospice, research, funeral service, and social work. The interdisciplinary nature of the membership enables collaboration and communication across disciplinary lines and offers a diversity of information related to end-of-life care for the dying and bereavement care. ADEC members also work in a variety of settings — academic institutions, private practices, hospitals and hospices, and public health agencies. Members reside in all regions of the United States and more than 30 countries worldwide.


“I continue to be actively involved in ADEC because, more than any other professional organization to which I belong, there is a wonderful blend of heart, mind and spirit among the members.”- John R. Jordan, PhD, FT


Together, ADEC members...

  • Promote excellence and recognize diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology.
  • Provide information, support and resources to our international, multicultural,multidisciplinary membership and, through them, to the public.
  • Facilitate the sharing of research, theory and practice in death, dying and bereavement.

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