Fellow in Thanatology (FT®)

"Becoming certified in thanatology means you’ve mastered the body of knowledge and demonstrated that mastery through a comprehensive exam. It’s not a qualification, license or degree, but rather a reflection of an individual’s professionalism, persistence and commitment to the field.”

Helen Stanton Chapple, PhD, RN, MA, CT, assistant professor, Omaha, NE

The Fellow in Thanatology (FT®) is an advanced professional certification for thanatology professionals. It recognizes practitioners and educators in the discipline of death, dying, and bereavement who have met specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process and who demonstrate advanced levels of competency in teaching, research and/or clinical practice through a professional portfolio.

Congratulations to the individuals who earned the prestigious Fellow in Thanatology in 2017!

Eligibility Criteria for Fellow in Thanatology


View a list of individuals who have earned Fellow in Thanatology status.

The Certification in Thanatology denotes special education and training in the field. Obtaining and maintaining this certification makes no statement regarding the holder’s competency in practice, nor does it constitute licensure. It is ADEC’s policy to take action regarding any known misrepresentation of the FT by a certificant or by others.