Conference Guide

For the most up-to-date schedule of conference activities please use the mobile app, Whova. This year’s app is sponsored by Marian University and has all the information you could will need including: conference schedule, presentation descriptions, and handouts and networking opportunities with other attendees. Download the mobile app to your mobile device and build your personal schedule today! Please note local data charges may apply when using the application. Check with your carrier for more information on applicable charges that may apply.

Downloading is easy from your smart phone/tablet app store.

From your app store, search for Whova and select to download the free app.
Once the app is downloaded, you will open the app and sign in.
Login using your email address used during registration. 
Create password and type in your name (your name will be visible to conference attendees).
Profile editing (Other attendees will see this and network with you, so make it look nice. You can edit it later by clicking the ‘More’ tab.)
Access the 40th Annual Conference main page:
•       The app will take you to your event page automatically.
If the event doesn’t show up automatically, search for ADEC 40th Annual Conference. Then, click the join button on the bottom of the event page, and enter the event invitation code: ILOVEADEC.

Have you already used the Whova app in the past? Double-check that it is installed on your phone and log in using your existing account email and password. 

A Mobile App User Tutorial is accessible here and extremely helpful with screenshots included! Or, watch this 3 minute video. 


Conference Program is now available. Download it here. 

Schedule at a Glance

This schedule is preliminary in nature and is subject to change. Please check back for updates.


Tuesday, April 24
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Courses 

Wednesday, April 25
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Specialty Workshops 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Courses
5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. New Member/First-time attendee gathering
5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Welcome Reception 

Thursday, April 26
 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Yoga for Grief Relief
8:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. President's Welcome/Awards Presentation 
8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Keynote Session
9:00 a.m.  Silent Auction Opens
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ritual Archives Project Room Open

Contemplation/Reflection Room Open 
  Artful Grief: Open Art Studio
  Exhibits Open
9:40 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break/Poster Presentation 1/Authors Fair
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session I 
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own -Authors Fair
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Session II
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Session III 
 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Highmark Caring Place Open House
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Refreshment Break/Poster Presentation 1/Authors Fair
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Concurrent Session IV 
6:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. ADEC - In Conversation
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pet Remembrance Service 

Friday, April 27
 6:45 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Living Legacy Circle Breakfast (invitation only)
 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Yoga for Grief Relief

Student and New Professionals Meeting 

Certification Informational Meeting 
8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Awards Presentation / Keynote Session
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contemplation/Reflection Room 

Ritual Archives Project Room
  Artful Grief: Open Art Studio
  Exhibits Open
9:40 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break/Poster Presentation II/Networking Groups
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session V 
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Session VI 
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Session VII 
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Refreshment Break/Poster Presentation Session II/Networking Groups
4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Concurrent Session VIII
6:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Closes
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Service of Remembrance 

Saturday, April 28
 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Yoga for Grief Relief
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Business Meeting 
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Session IX
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Contemplation/Reflection Room

Ritual Archives Project Room
  Exhibits Open
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Session X
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Session XI
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on own
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session XII
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Session XIII 
4:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Closing Keynote Session 
5:25 p.m. Conference Adjourns