Exploring the Science and Spirit of Death and Beyond
Now in our 11th Year
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Our 2021 conference will be virtual again this year.
Join us online June 24 - 27!
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Since 2010, The Afterlife Conference has served as an educational, social and spiritual gathering place for those seeking to learn more about death and beyond. While other conferences have followed our lead over the years, we maintain the distinction of being the original Afterlife Conference.
Each year we unite the disciplines in exploring the survival of consciousness after death, working with hospice professionals, physicians, mediums, clergy, counselors and alternative healers to offer a deeper understanding of death and beyond.
2021 Virtual Conference Highlights
. APA continuing education credits
. In-depth, experiential workshops
. Multi-cultural perspectives on death, dying and the afterlife
. Sacred ceremonies and guided shamanic journeying
. Academic research on near-death experience,
deathbed visions, bereavement and beyond
2021 Keynote Presentation
Friday June 25
PENDING CONFIRMATION A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas in our daily lives. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the two of them remain close friends. Thurman is a leading worldwide voice for reason, peace and compassion, and was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, and one of the top "Influentials" in religion by New York Magazine. His presentation will focus on Buddhist perspectives on death, dying and the afterlife, and he will also be teaching an in-depth pre-conference workshop on Thursday. Included in our CE track
General Sessions, Saturday, June 26
In addition to the breakout sessions offered by the workshop presenters described above, the following teachers will also be sharing their wisdom about spiritually-transformative experiences, end-of-life care, bereavement, and what happens after we die.
David Steinhorn MD, is a pediatric critical care specialist who will be presenting with shamanic practitioner Jana Din on using shamanic journeying in critical care settings, particularly in support of dying children and their families. Included in our CE Track.
Jana Din has provided more than 100 shamanic healing services for critically ill and dying children with Dr. David Steinhorn. They will be discussing how shamanic journeying can help children at end-of-life.
Brian Smith - Based on Brian's many interviews with mediums and bereaved individuals in his Grief 2 Growth podcast, he will be discussing the ways in which mediumship can be both helpful and unhelpful in grief processing.
Ken Doka PhD is senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, and a leading voice in death awareness and bereavement. His research on the mystical experiences of the dying is opening doors for spiritual practitioners to offer their services in mainstream settings. Included in our CE track.
Jeff Black, MD, MDiv is a psychiatrist who is also a shamanic practitioner who works with ritual practices for death and bereavement. His talk is on Conscious Dying and Conscious Grieving in Clinical Settings. Included in our CE Track.
Phil Borges will share his remarkable research and beautiful images of indigenous shamans and healers throughout the world who commune with spirits and ancestors in their healing practices. Included in our CE Track.
Linda Fitch - Our resident shamanic practitioner since 2012, will be giving a preview of her Sunday workshop on The Shaman's Gift of Dreaming. She is a practicing shaman who has studied and worked with the Inka medicine men and women of Peru for nearly two decades.
Optional In-Depth Workshops
In our in-depth workshops, you will learn about mystical practices for working with grief, spiritual self-care, meditation techniques, out-of-body journeying, multi-cultural understandings of what happens when die, instruction in after-death communication, and much more.
Kitty Edwards will lead an experiential workshop entitled Death: A Rite of Passage, in which participants tune into the magic of rituals at the thresholds of life that relieve stress, reduce pain, and enhance peace. Included in our CE track
Linda Fitch - Our resident shamanic practitioner since 2012, Linda is offering a session on dream journeying as well as an in-depth workshop. She is a practicing shaman who has studied and worked with the Inka medicine men and women of Peru for nearly two decades.
Pati Pellerito, CTMB, CSH draws upon therapeutic body work, sound healing practices and shamanic journeying for her workshop on creating sacred spaces for the work of dying and grieving. Included in our CE Track
Dr. Linda Backman will present an interactive, experiential workshop on Soul Regression Therapy: Shared Lives, Soul Origins and Life Intentions, to explore current life intentions arising from past life and pre-birth plans.
Deanna Cochran, RN is one of the earliest trailblazers in the field of contemporary death care. She will discuss How to Become a Death Doula, offering tips and guidance on how to enter the profession. Included in our CE track.
Thomas John is a global psychic medium sensation who has wowed audiences across the world with his impressively accurate messages from the other side. Hosting sold-out events such as A Night with Spirit, Spirit Circles and Dinner with the Dead,Thomas John is one of the nation’s most coveted psychic mediums. Bi-coastally based, his gifts continue to be in high demand with influencers, A-list celebrities, and those at crossroads in life from coast to coast and around the globe.
Thomas will be providing gallery-style audience readings on Sunday morning (included with general admission), and a small group spirit circle on Sunday afternoon (by reservation only, limited to 10 participants).
Suzane Northop is an internationally acclaimed medium, bereavement expert, TV and radio host, and author of three books. For the past 30 years she has helped thousands of people worldwide to recover and heal from the loss of loved ones by bridging the gap between the world of the living and the world of Spirit. In addition to her two top selling books – Everything Happens for a Reason (now published in four languages), and Second Chance: Healing Messages from the Afterlife, Suzane has also broken new ground with A Medium’s Cookbook: Recipes for the Soul.
She is providing gallery-style audience readings on Friday evening (included with general admission), and also a small group spirit circle on Friday afternoon (by reservation only - limited to eight participants).
Sacred Ceremony and Healing Practices
Many of our presentations feature instruction in creating sacred ceremonies and rituals, and each year we close the conference with a heart-opening ceremony facilitated by our resident shamanic practitioners. The closing ceremony helps us re-integrate into the mundane world after a weekend deeply steeped in spiritual work.