Conference Presentations, Panels and Colloquia

Conference Presentations

Panels and Colloquia

Conference Presentations

"Remembering the Dead: A Phenomenology." Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Kansas City, April 2010.

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"Grief Reactions: Sorrow-Friendly Practices." New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization annual conference, Bedford, NH, October 2009.

"Grief Reactions and Sorrow-Friendly Practices." Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Indianapolis, April 2007.

"Catching Your Breath in Grief." Public lecture at King's College, London, Ontario, November 2006.

"Grief Counseling: It's Not Just about Sorrow." Encontro Internacional Sobre o luto e Cuidados Paliativos, Sao Paolo, Brazil, July, 2006.

"Brokenness: Reflections on Suffering and Resilience." Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Tampa, Florida, April 2006.

"How Are Your Spirits Today?': Spirituality Reconsidered." Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Tampa, Florida, April 2006.

"Revisiting Grief Counseling: It's Not Just About Sorrow." Pre-conference day for the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Hong Kong, December 2006.

"Rethinking Grief Counseling: It's Not Just About Sorrow Anymore." American Academy of Bereavement national conference, Phoenix, October 2005.

"Grief Counseling Revisited: Beyond Listening and Presence." Pre-conference day for the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Tucson, Arizona, March 2004. Repeated for the Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Pittsburgh, April 2004.

"Disenfranchised Grief Revisited: Discounting Hope and Love." Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2003."

"Love in Separation: Grief and Healing." Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 2002.

"Hope in Dying and Grief," Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Charlotte, North Carolina April 2000.Tom Attig in the forest

"Anticipatory Grief and the Transition to Loving in Separation." 11th Annual Palliative Care Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, September 1999.

"Ceremonies of Separation." Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton/Peel, Oakville, Ontario, April 1999.

"Grief and Lasting Love: Challenges and Opportunities in Grieving," 17th Palliative Care Seminar, Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, March 1999.

"Places in the Heart: Grief and Lasting Love," Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Chicago, March, 1998.

"We Do Not Grieve Alone: Social Aspects of Relearning the World," 11th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, 1996.

"Funerals and Grieving." The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Portland, Oregon, 1994.

"Relearning the Self in Grieving." Part of symposium on "Meaning Reconstruction in the Experience of Bereavement" for the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Portland, Oregon, 1994.

"Can We Talk?: On the Elusiveness of Dialogue." The King's College 11th International Conference on Death and Bereavement, London, Ontario, May 1993.

"The Importance of Conceiving of Grieving as an Active Process." The Third International Symposium on Grief and Bereavement, Sydney, Australia 1991 and the Association for Death Education and Counseling, New Orleans, 1990.

"Wrongful Death: Taking Economic Testimony Too Far." The Association for Death Education and Counseling, New Orleans, 1990.

"Death, Dying and the Elderly." Ohio Home Economics Association, Toledo, 1990.

"Grief, Love and Separation II: Applications for Practitioners." The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Baltimore, 1989.

"Fragile Humanity: Handle with Care." The Second International Symposium on Grief and Bereavement, London, England, 1988; and the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, Florida 1988.

"Coping with Mortality: An Essay on Self-Mourning," The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, 1988.

"Reflections on Immortality," The Association for Death Education and Counseling, London, Ontario, 1987.

"Person-Centered Death Education," Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Atlanta, 1986.

"Grief, Love and Separation." The First International Symposium on Grief and Bereavement, Jerusalem, 1985 and The Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Atlanta, 1986.

"The Rhythms of Life and Death," Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1984.

"Ethics and the Terminally Ill," Riverside Hospital (physicians and staff) Toledo, 1984.

"Whose Truth Is It Anyway?" Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Chicago, 1983.

"The Uses of Music in Death Education." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Chicago, 1983.

"Whose Grief Is It Anyway?: Toward an Ethics for Funeral Directors." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, San Diego, 1982.

"Grief and Personal Integrity." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Boston, 1981.

"Presumptions of Suicide Intervention and Respect for Persons." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Boston, 1981.

"Death Education and Life-Enhancing Grief." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Kansas City, 1980.

"The Needs of Caregivers and Clients in Facing Death." Western Gerontological Society, Los Angeles, 1980.

"Physicians' Needs in Response to Terminal Diagnosis." Riverside Hospital, Toledo, 1980.

"Death Education as Care of the Dying." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, 1979.

"Good Grief, Funerals and Respect for Persons." Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, 1979.

"Is There New Evidence for Life After Life?" Michigan Council on the Humanities Forum on "America's New Fascination with Death" MacComb Community College, Michigan, 1979.

"Death and the Elderly." Governor's Conference on Aging, Columbus, Ohio 1979.

"Death, Respect and Vulnerability." International Symposium on the Dying Human, Tel Aviv, Israel 1978.

"Toward a Philosophy of Death and Dying." Midwest Popular Culture Association, Bowling Green, 1976.

"The Liberated Funeral." Popular Culture Association, Chicago, 1975.


Panels and Colloquia

"Person-Centered Death Education On-Line," for a panel on "Death Education On-Line" for the Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Dallas, 2009.

"Tsunami Relief Efforts," Invited panel for the Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Albuquerque, 2005.

"End of Life Decision-Making, Invited panel for the Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Charlotte, April 2000.

"Grief Hurts." A panel presentation on the title topic for "Understanding and Treating Complicated Grief," the King's College 16th International Conference on Death and Bereavement, London, Ontario, May 1998.

"Places in the Heart: Grief and Lasting Love." Colloquium for the Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, April 1998.

"Developing and Teaching the Death Education Course." Panel, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, 1988.

"Unforgettable Experiences in Death Education and Counseling." Panel, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Orlando, 1988.

"Expert Witnessing in Wrongful Death Cases." Panel, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, London, Ontario, 1987.

"In Support of the Funeral and the Funeral Director." Panel, Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Boston, 1981.

"Existential-Phenomenology and Applied Philosophy." Colloquium on Applied Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, 1980.

"Ethical Issues and Human Values in Medicine." Six presentations with Peter Facione and Donald Scherer, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, 1977.

"Death and American Culture." Colloquium on Death and Dying, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, 1977. (Also a principal planner and discussion leader for this weekend experience.)

"A Future for Philosophy." Panel, Eastern Division, American Philosophical Association, Boston (1976).