Association for Death Education and Counseling 36th Annual Conference
Riding the Dragon: End of Life and Grief as a Path to Resilience, Transformation and Compassion
April 23–26, 2014 Pre-Conference Institute: April 22–23, 2014 Baltimore, Maryland
Death and bereavement are profoundly life-altering and may be likened to a great and mysterious hero’s journey. The path of grief is often dark and ominous, when suddenly,
in the words of author Julia Cameron, “rising from the mists and rolling fog of our not knowing,” the hero (griever) comes face to face with a dragon. According to a Chinese proverb, “If he ignores the dragon, it will eat him. If he tries to confront the dragon it will overpower him. But if he rides the dragon, he will take advantage of its might and power.” Therein lies the potential for resilience, transformation and compassion. At this year’s conference, participants will deepen their appreciation for the dark night of the soul and the great gifts that can emerge when, rather than being defeated, the bereaved find the strength and courage to ride the dragon.
The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), founded in 1976, is the oldest interdisciplinary organization in the field of dying, death and bereavement. The membership comprises educators, counselors, nurses, physicians, hospital and hospice personnel, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, social workers, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, physical and recreational therapists, and wellbeing specialists. ADEC’s goal is to enhance the ability of professionals to meet the needs of those with whom they work in death education and grief counseling.
Contact ADEC Headquarters at:
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015 USA