Special Activities

Wednesday, April 25

New Member/First-time Attendee Gathering  

Wednesday, April 25 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.  

Come and meet ADEC’s leaders and Board members and receive helpful information about ADEC membership! Network with other new members and first-time conference attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 25 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.  

Join ADEC President Ramona Fernandez at the opening of the conference. This event will offer an opportunity for all conference attendees to interact socially in a relaxed environment. Network with committee chairs as they will be available to share insights about volunteering for ADEC.

Thursday, April 26

Yoga for Grief Relief

Thursday, April 26                
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. 
Friday, April 27
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 28
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.      
Start your mornings at the Conference with a gentle Yoga for Grief Relief (YGR) practice. While preparing for the exciting conference program ahead, get a taste of how Yoga addresses grief and practice some of the techniques included in the YGR practice.  The activity is appropriate for everyone, towels will be provided as mats and no previous experience is needed. Click here for more detailed information.

Awards Presentations

Thursday, April 26 8:00 a.m.            
Friday, April 27 8:00 a.m. 
Saturday, April 28 4:00 p.m. 

Help us recognize this year’s award recipients. Everyone is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony, which will take place prior to each day’s keynote address.

Contemplation/Reflection Room

Thursday, April 26               
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

A special room has been set aside to provide for quiet reflection. As we all know, life is full of changes and transitions, love and loss, but seldom are we given permission and time just to stop and reflect. Take time to do so in the Contemplation/Reflection Room.

The Rituals Archive Project Room

Thursday, April 26                
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.      
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a token remembrance of someone deceased and a paragraph or two explaining the meaning of the object for display in the Rituals Archive Project Room. The items and descriptions will serve to connect the legacy of the deceased and tell how it sustains and supports their surviving loved ones. The goal of the Rituals Archive Project is to highlight the cultural and ethnic uniqueness and diversity of ADEC members’ symbols of remembrance.

Authors Fair

Thursday, April 26                
9:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
 Thursday April 26 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Thursday April 26 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

The Authors Fair is a chance for authors and self-publishers to sell their titles to all attendees, and sign books as well. In addition to larger publishers selling titles in the exhibit hall, the fair will feature space for those who self-publish or can’t exhibit. This event is free to participate. All authors are responsible for delivering their own book supply to the meeting, handling all sales, taxes, etc. The Authors Fair is available all day Thursday, April 14, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and then 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. The authors can choose to stay at the table all day or just during the hours of 9:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Highmark Caring Place Open House

Thursday, April 26    
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.    

The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, is a safe place where grieving children and families can come together and be with others who understand what they’re going through. Click here for more information.

• Tour the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families
• Learn how grieving children and families are supported
• Share some refreshments

Student Silent Auction

Thursday, April 26                
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.                                 
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Come and bid on a variety of items in the ADEC Student Silent Auction. All proceeds fund conference scholarships for students to attend the 41st ADEC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019. The auction will open for bidding on Thursday, April 26. Individuals are encouraged to drop off contributed auction items at the registration desk on Thursday morning. Bidding will close on Friday, April 27, at 4:15 p.m. Members of the Student and New Professionals Division will also be selling conference t-shirts – be sure to pick one up before they sell out!

ADEC - In Conversation

Thursday, April 26    
6:00 - 6:50 p.m.   

This one hour forum will provide a brief overview and discussion of the activity of the ADEC board over the past 12 months, with a particular focus on the implementation of the 2014-2017 strategic plan. The strategic plan is available online at http://www.adec.org/adec/ADEC_Main/My_ADEC/ADEC_Strategic_Plan_2014-17.aspx.

Pet Remembrance Service

Thursday, April 26     
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.   

The loss of a companion pet can be a difficult grief, so come and share it with others who have faced a similar loss. Bring a photo to share and/or a brief story to share with the attendees, if desired.


Friday, April 27

Yoga for Grief Relief

Thursday, April 26                
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Friday, April 27
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 28
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.   
Start your mornings at the Conference with a gentle Yoga for Grief Relief (YGR) practice. While preparing for the exciting conference program ahead, get a taste of how Yoga addresses grief and practice some of the techniques included in the YGR practice.  The activity is appropriate for everyone, towels will be provided as mats and no previous experience is needed. Click here for more detailed information. 

Certification Informational Meeting

Friday, April 27            7:15 – 7:45 a.m. 

Learn about the process and requirements for earning Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement and the Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Student and New Professionals Meeting

Friday, April 27          
7:15 – 7:45 a.m.  

All students are welcome to attend this meeting, meet leaders in the field and establish connections.


Awards Presentations

Thursday, April 26 8:00 a.m.          
Friday, April 27 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 28 4:00 p.m.

Help us recognize this year’s award recipients. Everyone is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony, which will take place prior to each day’s keynote address.

Contemplation / Reflection Room

Thursday, April 26                
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A special room has been set aside to provide for quiet reflection. As we all know, life is full of changes and transitions, love and loss, but seldom are we given permission and time just to stop and reflect. Take time to do so in the Contemplation/Reflection Room.

Rituals Archive Project Room

Thursday, April 26                 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a token remembrance of someone deceased and a paragraph or two explaining the meaning of the object for display in the Rituals Archive Project Room. The items and descriptions will serve to connect the legacy of the deceased and tell how it sustains and supports their surviving loved ones. The goal of the Rituals Archive Project is to highlight the cultural and ethnic uniqueness and diversity of ADEC members’ symbols of remembrance.

Student Silent Auction

Thursday, April 26                
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Come and bid on a variety of items in the ADEC Student Silent Auction. All proceeds fund conference scholarships for students to attend the 41st ADEC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019. The auction will open for bidding on Thursday, April 26. Individuals are encouraged to drop off contributed auction items at the registration desk on Thursday morning. Bidding will close on Friday, April 27, at 4:15 p.m. Members of the Student and New Professionals Division will also be selling conference t-shirts – be sure to pick one up before they sell out!

Service of Remembrance

Friday, April 27          
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Join other attendees in remembering loved ones. Request names to be included in the ADEC memorial book at the registration desk so that their memories will remain a part of the life of ADEC.

 

Saturday, April 28

Yoga for Grief Relief

Thursday, April 26                
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Friday, April 27
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 28
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.   

Start your mornings at the Conference with a gentle Yoga for Grief Relief (YGR) practice. While preparing for the exciting conference program ahead, get a taste of how Yoga addresses grief and practice some of the techniques included in the YGR practice.  The activity is appropriate for everyone, towels will be provided as mats and no previous experience is needed. Click here for more detailed information. 

ADEC Business Meeting

Saturday, April 28     
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.  

Don’t miss the ADEC Business Meeting. Student Paper Award winners will be announced, and ADEC leaders will speak about the accomplishments of the past year. Members can learn about the day-to-day work of their association. All are welcome.

Contemplation / Reflection Room

Thursday, April 26                
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A special room has been set aside to provide for quiet reflection. As we all know, life is full of changes and transitions, love and loss, but seldom are we given permission and time just to stop and reflect. Take time to do so in the Contemplation/Reflection Room.

Rituals Archive Project Room

Thursday, April 26                 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a token remembrance of someone deceased and a paragraph or two explaining the meaning of the object for display in the Rituals Archive Project Room. The items and descriptions will serve to connect the legacy of the deceased and tell how it sustains and supports their surviving loved ones. The goal of the Rituals Archive Project is to highlight the cultural and ethnic uniqueness and diversity of ADEC members’ symbols of remembrance.