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Planned Giving

A Living Legacy of Commitment Through Planned Giving

What is planned giving?
How can I give to ADEC?
Living Legacy Circle 

We dream…

… that researchers could come to us seeking grants that would promote integration of theory, clinical practice and research findings, thus promoting improvement in care of the dying and the bereaved.

… that we can provide educational materials regarding coping with dying and bereavement to the public and best practices in thanatology to our professional audience.

…that 30 new scholarships each year will assist students who are studying thanatology at their college and university to attend the ADEC annual conference. 

…that our annual conferences will feature noted speakers and luminaries in the field to give our members the finest in professional education, and that members requiring financial assistance to attend can receive it.

…that ADEC will thrive and grow as an organization, have the ability to support our members and facilitate the sharing of research, theory and practice in death, dying and bereavement.

You can make these dreams come true with a planned gift to ADEC!


As a founding member of ADEC, I have always considered it my professional home. I am making a bequest in my will to ensure that the special blend of research, practice and friendly mentoring which is ADEC continues well into the future.”  Judith Stillion, PhD, CT



What is planned giving?

A 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. Plus, you can potentially enjoy substantial tax advantages and add flexibility to your financial planning.

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.


Your donation will help ADEC grow stronger in the future.

How can I give to ADEC?

There are a number of ways in which you can make a gift to ADEC.

  • Legacy in your Will

Percentage — This method provides the most flexibility, since the gift fluctuates according to the size of the estate.
Fixed Amount — The most common way to make a bequest is to leave a fixed amount.
Residuary — This is what is left after all other debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been fulfilled.

  • Life Insurance — Gift an existing or new life insurance policy; this type of gift has several variations. 
  • Stocks, bonds or IRA — Gifts of stocks, bonds or an IRA have potential tax-saving benefits.

Download and complete one of these forms:

Prior to making any gift or pledge, we encourage you to speak with your financial advisor or estate planning attorney about your specific situation and plans. For more information about making a planned gift, please contact Isaiah Allen at the ADEC office at +1-612-337-1808.



"ADEC is in my will because it was critical to my professional development and growth, as well as the careers of some of my students. I also want to help fund the vital work ADEC does to support and educate professionals and through them, to aid people coping with dying and bereavement."  Gordon Thornton, PhD, FT



Living Legacy Circle

A community of givers and supporters of ADEC’s legacy

To show our gratitude, all donors who make arrangements to support ADEC through a planned gift are invited to join the Living Legacy Circle and will be recognized in an annual Honor Roll on our website and during our annual conference (unless anonymity is requested). Members of the Living Legacy Circle also receive a certificate of appreciation, invitations to occasional special events, and the gratitude of the students and professionals in ADEC who will benefit from your generosity.


Already have ADEC in your estate? Contact Headquarters at +1-612-337-1808 to let us know of your planned gift; you can be added to our Living Legacy Circle.