Friday May 13


Gallery-style audience readings with 

psychic medium Thomas John!

Thomas has wowed audiences throughout the world with his impressively accurate messages from the Other Side. He has been featured in top tier media, including New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, GQ,  Dr. Phil, The Real Housewives of New York City, and Entertainment Tonight. 

Thomas will take the stage on Sunday morning to provide mediumship and psychic readings for randomly-selected audience members, and will also be offering private sessions by appointment. 


Kitty Edwards 
​Social activism in support of death-awareness  

Composer Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy, Clio and ASCAP award winner whose music for  Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying is used in hospices worldwide to assist the dying in peaceful transitions. He has lectured and demonstrated the power of music for healing at universities, hospitals and corporations that include Google, Harvard’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, Kaiser Permanente, and The Institute for Functional Medicine.  

Pim VanLommell MD is a cardiologist known for his research on near-death experiences in cardiac arrest cases. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and is the recipient of the Dr. Bruce Greyson Research Award from International Association of Near-Death Studies, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology. He will discuss the resuts of his research, the elements commonly experienced in NDEs, and the future of NDE studies.  

Evening Keynotes 

The Quintessential Soul - with Austyn Wells Austyn is a rare spiritual medium who is also a licensed grief counselor and a practicing shaman who has taught thousands how to tap into their own intuitive abilities and mediumship skills. In addition to her workshop, she will also be moderating a panel discussion on Mediumship Ethics and Business Models.   

Death as a Rite of Passage - with Kitty Edwards  - Kitty is a shamanic practitioner and master teacher who directs The Living & Dying Consciously Project. Her workshop -- Death as a Rite of Passage -- is designed for caregivers and/or professionals who work with the dying. Participants will learn energetic processes for assisting the soul as it journeys from this world to the next. Kitty will also be giving an experiential presentation on the No Regrets Project.

Grief Yoga - with Paul Denniston - A yoga teacher and hospice worker, Paul has studied and toured with grief expert David Kessler for years teaching to therapists and health care professionals worldwide. Paul has taught Grief Yoga for several years at Kripalu, Alternatives in London, and one of the largest hospices in Los Angeles. In addition to his workshop, Paul will also teach a free yoga class on Friday morning.

​​​Bishop John Shelby Spong, visionary Episcopal bishop, best-selling author and worldwide voice for an inclusive spirituality that rejects biblical literalism. In his presentation, he will discuss the origins of fear-based religious beliefs about death and the afterlife, and the importance of furthering the idea of a non-religious, non-dogmatic, non-judgmental hereafter. Watch this astonishing video.


Private VIP reception with Bishop Spong! Limited to only 30 guests, so reserve your space soon! Click HERE for details. 


Dr. Raymond Moody has been referred to as "the father of near-death experience research" since the publication of his breakthrough book, Life After Life in the 1970s. He will be joining us -- via Skype -- with his collleague Lisa Smartt to introduce their revolutionary new research.

​For the past several years, Dr. Moody and his team have been researching the seemingly unintelligible words uttered by people as they cross the threshold from physical life to non-physical life.  This new study, called “Cross-Dimensional Language at End-of-Life” reveals a new understanding of what the dying are experiencing, what they’re trying to express to loved ones and caregivers at the bedside, and what their words tell us about the existence of an afterlife.

​Pre-Conference Workshops   

Jeff Black MD, MDiv has some of the most extraordinary credentials we've ever seen.
​As a psychiatrist, a seminary graduate and an energy healer trained by shamans of
the Americas, Jeff is offering a workshop on Psychiatry Meets Shamanism: Mystical Practices for Working With Loss and Trauma, and will also  be speaking on Mind, Body and Spirit Medicine. 

The Science and Spirit

of Death, Grief and Beyond


Videos about The Death and Afterlife Awareness Conference

Dr. Raymond Moody receiving our first annual
Afterlife Awareness Award at last year's conference,  
​presented by Dr. Eben Alexander

"I love the personable nature of this conference. It's really a good size, and the people here, in many ways, just flat-out get it."

Dr. Eben Alexander, neurosurgeon
and best-selling author of "Proof of Heaven.

“I’ve been to many conferences that address life after death, but this one is a rarity because it approaches the subject from three different vantage points -- spirituality, bereavement and scientific investigation. It is inspiring to see how these different perspectives lead to the same place… an awareness of the survival of consciousness after death. The bereaved find peace and healing. The spiritual seekers find validation for their mystical experiences. And the scientific researchers find an eager audience for their work. This conference brings it all together.”

Dr. Raymond Moody, best-selling author of "Life After Life,"

 the world's leading researcher on near-death experience

May 12 - 15, 2016 - St. Louis, MO.

​Featuring the best and the brightest
in the fields of afterlife research,
end-of-life care,
bereavement ​and mystical approaches
​to a higher understanding of death and beyond  

An ER Doctor's Perspective on End-of-Life Blind-Spots - ​Dr. Kevin Haselhorst is an emergency physician and author of Wishes To Die For and Sail the 7 C’s of Graceful Departures.

Rabbi Dale Schreiber, M.A. is a board certified chaplain and hospice Jewish Care Coordinator who works with the soul-filled needs of the dying. She will be part of our "Heaven: A History" panel discussion.

​​​Rev. Olivia Bareham 
The sacred work of a death midwife

Internationally-acclaimed evidential medium Suzane Northrop, best known for her TV show, The Afterlifewill be teaching a workshop on Recognizing, Fine-Tuning and Sharing your Intuitive Gifts. For a sample of Suzane's astonishing skills as a medium, click HERE. 

The Disappearance of Ancient Beliefs in Reincarnation​ - Dr. Linda Backman,a psychologist and regression therapist discusses the understanding of reincarnation  in ancient religions.  

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Afterlife Conference founder  Terri Daniel, CT, with shamanic practitioner Linda Fitch, will be presenting Grief as a Mystical Journey, which invites participants to experience shamanic journeys and rituals along with therapeutic group processes that focus on inner transformation as a path to healing from grief and trauma. 

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Exclusive screening of the new film,Mortal, exploring life, death and beyond.
Sunday May 15, 3:00 pm 

This beautiful film celebrates life and death by presenting the inspiring stories of people engaging in end-of-life decisions that free them to experience life fully and fearlessly.  Mortal will be shown on the closing day of the conference, followed by an audience Q&A session with the producers, hospice physician Karen Wyatt MD, and emergency physician Kevin Haselhorst MD.

This event is open to the public (conference registration is not required).
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Admission includes bonus (free) breakout sessions with all our workshop presenters!

​​​Terri Daniel  

Grief and After-Death Communication

​​In-Depth Workshops  
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Each workshop presenter is also offering a breakout session (included with general admission),

so if you can't attend the workshops, you can still meet and learn from these stellar presenters

at no extra cost!   

Sell Your Wares at the Conference!

​Books, jewelry, healing services,

clothing, art, music and more!

The  Science of Consciousness Survival  

​​​Dr. Alan Hugenot, a physicist and a near-death experiencer, will address  how physics supports both mediumship and the near-death experience.

Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div, LCSW is board chair of  the Gateway End of Life Coalition, and is an assistant adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University. He will joining our  "Heaven: A History" panel discussion.

Working with Grief Through Shamanic Journeying ​​will be presented by Linda Fitch

a practicing shaman who has trained hundreds of students in shamanic healing techniques

The Science of Intuition​  Rev. Larry DeRusha is a medical intuitive and near-death experiencer who offers a scientific explanation of intuition and exercises to re-acquaint you with your intuitive self.

William Peters, MFT, M.Ed, directs The Shared Crossing Project and its research initiative to examine conditions contributing to the shared death experience. He trained with John of God in Brazil, and served as a volunteer with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He will be discussing his research on shared-death phenomena, and also conducting an experiential workshop on The Anatomy of a Shared-Death ExperienceMFT and LCSW CEUs.

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Breakout Sessions

Endorsed by two of the world's leading figures in afterlife studies!

William Peters, MFT, M.Ed Research on shared-death phenomena 

​​​​Linda Fitch
​Shamanic Journeying  

Rev. Olivia Bareham is founder of Sacred Crossings, which provides education in home funerals, conscious dying and death midwife training. Her workshop will focus on planning a  home funeral, specifically the care and preparation of the body and rituals for burial or cremation. For a sample of Olivia's work with dying people and their families, click HERE. Nursing CEUs available.

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A Spiritual Rather Than a Religious Afterlife
​​Janine Baryza-Ly is an evidential medium who will discussthe importance of understanding the afterlife in a spiritual rather than a religious context.

 Suzane Northrop
How the Dead Communicate with Us 


Woo–Woo in the World… Living a Multi-dimensional Life in a 3-D reality Donna Visocky, founder of Bella Spark magazine will share how to be spiritual in an everyday world. 


Austyn Wells 
Mediumship Ethics and Business Models  

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Thursday May 12

Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One​​ - Steffany Barton, RN is a registered nurse and an intuitive healer who will share spiritual views on suicide.

Saturday May 14

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What Boomers Need to Know about End-of-Life Care - Hospice physician  Karen Wyatt  MD ​​will discuss how end-­of-­life care is evolving in response to the needs of Baby Boomers and their parents. 

Jeff Black MD, MDiv - 
​Mind, Body and Spirit in the hospital