Keynotes and Invited Addresses

"Catching Your Breath in Grief." Keynote address for the Fifteenth Japanese Conference for Clinical Thanatology at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, December 2009. Also presented "Loss and Sorrow-Friendly Practices."

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Lecture tour of Japan, featuring presentations on "Loss and Sorrow-Friendly Practices" at Joetsu, Kyoto, and Yamaguchi Universities and "Catching Your Breath in Grief" at Kyoto University and the Lutheran College in Tokyo, November/ December 2009.

"Catching Your Breath in Grief." Keynote address for the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conference, Bedford, NH, October 2009.

"Catching Your Breath in Grief." Keynote address for the International Network on Personal Meaning conference, Toronto, Ontario, July 2008 Repeated for the Victoria Hospice Annual Spirituality Conference, Victoria, B.C., January 2009.

"Catching Your Breath in Grief." Invited presentation for the Association of Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Indianapolis, 2007.

"Anticipating the Transition to Loving in Separation," Keynote address for the International Conference on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 2006.

"Gender Differences and Respect for the Individual Mourner." Invited plenary address for "Understanding Gender Differences in Bereavement," the King's College 19th International Conference on Death and Bereavement, London, Ontario, May 2001.

"Places in the Heart: Grief and Lasting Love." Invited address for the second annual combined conference of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Orlando, Florida, March 2001.

"Soul and Spirit: Languages of the Heart" Invited address for the 13th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, September 2000.

"A Fresh Look at Grief." Plenary address for the Kelowna Regional Palliative Care Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia, November 1999.

"The Heart of Grief." Keynote address for the 11th Annual Palliative Care Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, September 1999.

"Places in the Heart: Grief and Lasting Love." Keynote address for the 12th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, September 1998; the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Palliative Care Association Annual Education Day, Ottawa, April 1999;; and the 1998 National Military Survivor Seminar, sponsored by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc., Washington, D.C., May 1998.

"Trauma and Grief: Reweaving Lasting Love into the Web." Keynote address for a conference on "Trauma and Grief: Reweaving the Web" sponsored by After Suicide Support Saskatoon Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 1998.

"Relearning the World: Always Complicated, Sometimes More Than Others." Invited plenary address for "Understanding and Treating Complicated Grief," the King's College 16th International Conference on Death and Bereavement, London, Ontario, May 1998 and for "Death, Dying and Bereavement in the Global Village: Rebuilding the Network," a conference in Melbourne, Australia, July 1998.

"Interdependence in Grieving." Invited address in Current Perspectives Series, the Fifth International Symposium on Grief and Bereavement, hosted, by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Washington, D.C., 1997.

"Grieving as Relearning the World: We Do Not Grieve Alone." Invited Plenary Address for the Conference on Trauerbegleitung: Perspektiven fur Fortbildung und Forschung, Loccum, Germany, 1996.

"Grieving as Relearning the World," Invited Plenary Address for The Erste Nordrhein-Westfalische Trauer-Konferenz, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, 1996.

"Spiders' Webs: ADEC Family Ties and Values," Presidential Address for the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Pittsburgh, 1996.

"Hidden Social Faces of Grieving and Relearning the World," Opening Keynote Address for the 1995 Conference of the National Association for Grief and Loss, Adelaide, Australia.

"Can We Talk?: On the Elusiveness of Dialogue." Opening Keynote Address for the annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Memphis, Tennessee, 1993.

"Relearning the World: Challenges and Opportunities in Grieving." Invited feature presentation, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Duluth, 1991.

"Relearning The World: On the Phenomenology of Grieving," The Herbert Spiegelberg Lecture, Washington University (St. Louis), 1985.