Making Memories through Ceremony

Making Memories through Ceremony: Integrating Grief through Funerals and Memorial Services

Presenter: William Hoy, DMin, FT

Time: 12 – 1:30pm CDT

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Non-Members - $50

In our presenter’s experience, commemorative events like funerals, memorial services, and celebrations of life serve to “jump start” the grief process for mourning families and communities. In both his clinical practice and his academic research, he has found great benefit to utilizing what he has come to call the five “anchors” of funeral ceremonies that unite humans across millennia and cross-culturally. In this webinar, Dr. Bill Hoy will demonstrate how memorial events draw people together in the midst of profound sorrow to help them begin the process of integrating the loss into the rest of their lives.


  • Describe common elements in death-related commemorative events 
  • Explain the value of commemorative events in helping individuals grieve
  • Communicate with clients and patients about important funeral purchase options

Continuing Education

This webinar is pending approval by the American Psychological Association and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for 1.5 CE Hours.

Presenter Information:

For nearly 35 years, William G. Hoy, DMin, FT has been walking alongside the dying and bereaved. He is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University where he works with the next generation of physicians and other health care professionals helping them understand some of the nuances and value of end-of-life care and bereavement. Prior to going to Baylor in 2012, Bill directed the clinical counseling program for Pathways Volunteer Hospice in Long Beach, CA, a post that he held for nearly 17 years. He is author of Do Funerals Matter? The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013) and Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2016).


Cancellations will be accepted through end of business on the Monday immediately prior to each specific Webinar. Registrants who cancel within that time will receive a refund, minus a $10 service fee. Cancellations received after that day will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, call the ADEC office or email us. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the webinar start time in your area and will not issue refunds for anyone who missed the event due to timing mix-ups.

Webinar Platform:

The webinar will be presented via Zoom and will require your system to allow the Zoom platform to be downloaded and ran to watch the live presentation. Log in instructions will be sent the day before the webinar to the email used during registration.

Webinar Access Email:

If registered by August 6, 2018, the access information will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar. If registered August 7 or August 8, access information will be sent the day of the webinar at 11:15 am CDT. 
8/8/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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