The 2023 Symposium on Death and
Bereavement Studies


Cultivating Radical Resilience 

An online, interactive seminar

Saturday Feb. 18, 2023

9 am - 5 pm Pacific Time



In this unique online seminar, you'll work interactively
with some of today's most respected leaders in death and bereavement studies.
Join us for a day of unique content, experiential processes and interactive group exercises
covering critical issues not generally addressed in traditional counseling or support group settings.

Listen to interviews with two of our esteemed presenters!
Dr. Robert Neimeyer
Dr. Ken Doka

Who Should Attend:

. Physicians, nurses and medical staff
. Counselors and psychologists and social workers
. Hospice professionals
. Spiritual seekers and mystics
. Bereaved individuals and caregivers
. Anyone working with death, dying and bereavement

Six CE credit hours availalbe for
nurses, social workers, counselors and more
 CE credits can only be given for live online attendance.
For information on our CEs, click here

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023
9 am – 4:30 pm Pacific
11 am - 6:30 pm Central

12 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern


CE credits can only be awarded for LIVE attendance

2023 Presenters

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Terri Daniel, DMin, CT, CCTP
Rituals for Healing and Restoration
This presentation explores the use of creative personal ceremonies for accepting loss, managing strong emotions, releasing intrusive imagery and creating a new narrative when coping with loss, trauma and bereavement. These tools can help clinicians incorporate spirituality and multi-cultural modalities into a grief counseling practice, and can be used effectively by both intuitive and instrumental grievers. The use of ritual and ceremony can also help end-of-life and bereavement professionals become more present for the dying, and more competent in spiritual meaning-making for the bereaved

Dr. Terri Daniel is an interfaith  hospice chaplain, end-of-life educator, and grief counselor certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  She conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and teaches at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Terri  is also the founder of The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief,  and the Ask Doctor Death podcast. She is also the author of four books on death, grief and the afterlife.


Ken Doka, PhD
Resilience: A Socio-Ecological Framework

This presentation will explore ways that individual characteristics, families, developmental experiences ] and communities can create and nurture personal resilience. A strong emphasis of the presentation is on how we can use both inner and outer resources to build our own resilience and nurture it in others when facing loss, trauma and bereavement. Listen to an interview with Dr. Doka HERE

Dr. Doka is a senior vice president of grief programs at Hospice Foundation of America, and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He serves as editor of HFA's Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys bereavement newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. He is a prolific author, editor, and lecturer; a retired graduate school professor at The College of New Rochelle; past president of ADEC; a member and past chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement,and a member of the TAPS Advisory Board.  


Rev. Caffie Risher
Resilience and Strength in the BIPOC Community

In this presentation, Caffie will explore ways that BIPOC individuals gather, acknowledge, support, and collectively share grief stories in community. She will share  cultural practices that are unique to her ancestors, created to fuel faith, hope, and healing while strengthening resilience.  

In 2002, Professor Risher was appointed to the position of “Minority Scholar” teaching public speaking and introduction to business courses at Passaic County Community College.  Eighteen years later she holds the position of a tenured Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Public Speaking in the Fine and Performing Arts Department.  She teaches Public Speaking, Business Communication, Business Writing, and Death and Dying courses.  She also serves as chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Series and faculty advisor to the Power in Christ Christian Club who won the Emerging Club Award for excellent campus involvement and exceptional leadership.

Prior to this, she held a post at New York Theological Seminary where she taught for several years in the Certificate of Ministry program.   


Robert Neimeyer, PhD
Loss and the Quest for Meaning

A great deal of research points examines the capacity of bereaved people to reclaim a life worth living in the aftermath of deeply unwelcome loss.  Dr. Neimeyer will review evidence that an important contributor to people’s ability to emerge from painful transitions is their power to reaffirm or reconstruct a world of meaning that has been challenged --  and sometimes shattered  -- by a tragic loss. This presentation offers specific paths for meaning-making that many mourners can engage either with or without professional assistance, and concludes with practical guidelines for supporting the bereaved in this effort. Listen to an interview with Dr. Neimeyer HERE.

Dr. Neimeyer is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.

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Lucy Hone PhD:

Resilient Grieving: Findings from Resilience Psychology 
In this presentation, Dr Hone will share her research and practice in Resilient Grieving, defining the construct and sharing evidence-based actionable tools to help the bereaved be active participants in their grief process. Drawing upon theoretical and empirical literature, she will specifically address how hope, positive emotions, self-compassion, strengths, posttraumatic growth and meaning-making can all help non-clinical populations develop personalised pathways through grief.


Regarded as a thought-leader in the field of resilience psychology, tragic circumstances forced Lucy Hone, Ph.D to focus more closely on grief when her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a horrific motor accident in 2014. Adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, an internationally sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning ‘pracademic’, Lucy has dedicated her professional life since to helping the bereaved learn how to be active participants in their grief process.


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Panel Discussion with Presenters:
The Road to Resilience

Join our presenters in a discussion about how caregivers and professionals can support clients who are struggling with religious conflicts at end-of-life and throughout the grief journey.

Six CE Credit Hours for Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors and More

Symposium Agenda
(Speakers and schedules are subject to change without notice)

Welcome 9:00 - 9:10 11:00 -11:10 12:00 - 12:10
Ken Doka 9:10 - 10:10   am 11:10 am - 12:10 pm 12:10 - 1:10 pm
Caffie Risher 10:20 - 11:20 am 12:20  - 1:20 1:20 - 2:20 pm
Lucy Hone 11:30 - 12:30 pm 1:30 - 2:30 pm 2:30 - 3:30 pm
BREAK (30  min) 12:30 - 1:00 2:30 - 3:00 3:30 - 4:00
Terri Daniel DMin 1:00 - 2:00 3:00 - 4:00 4:00 - 5:00
Bob Neimeyer 2:10 - 3:10 4:10 - 5:10 5:10 - 6:10
Panel Discussion 3:20 - 4:20 5:20 - 5:20 6:20 - 7:20

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Learning Objectives for This Course
At the end of this program, you will be better able to:

. Explain the significance of ritual in the grieving process
. Discuss the process of meaning-making in grief
. Describe the characteristics of resilience
. Discuss resilience in communities of color
.  Critique myths and misconceptions about bereavement


Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
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