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A Spiritual Rather Than a Religious Afterlife
Janine Baraza-Ly is a UCC minister and also an evidential medium. Her talk will focus on the importance of understanding the afterlife in a spiritual rather than a religious context.

Join us for a fun-filled and educational visit to 
Cahokia Mounds, followed by dinner
​at Rosalita's Cantina
one St. Louis' most popular restaurants! 

Cahokia Mounds (named for a subtribe of the Illini who occupied the area when the French arrived) is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), and is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages.

A luxury coach will pick you up at the conference hotel and take you to Cahokia, where you'll tour the mounds before re-boarding the bus for dinner at the cantina. Our post-conference excursions are always great fun, and tickets sell out fast! Only 55 seats on the bus! 

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

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​​​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 in ancient religions.  

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​​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 and champion of an inclusive spirituality that rejects Biblical literalism. His best-selling books include The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love, and Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell. 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.

Videos about The Death and Afterlife Awareness Conference

Pagan Death Practices
Rev. Angie Buchanan is the senior minister of Earth Traditions  Pagan church in Illinois. She a certified death midwife who provides hands-on training in providing end-of-life care in the Pagan tradition. 

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

A Good Place to Die

​​Rev. Dr. Jean A. Leone, D.Min., MSN-Ed. Jean is a hospice-palliative nurse and chaplain who will speaking about creating spiritually supportive internal and external environments for patients at end-of-life. 

Post-Conference Excursion

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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The Quintessential Soul - with Austyn Wells Austyn is a rare psychic 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 -- Preparing for Death as a Rite of Passage -- is designed for caregivers and/or professionals who work with the dying, and will teach energetic processes for assisting the soul as it journeys from this world to the next. Kitty will also be giving a talk about social activism in support of death-awareness. 

The Science and Spirit

of Death, Grief 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.

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. 

PLUS... Bonus (free) breakout sessions with our workshop presenters!

Dr. Sue  Morter 
The healing power of transcendent experiences

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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 collleagues Dr. Erica Hyatt and 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.

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. 

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


Kitty Edwards 
​Social activism in support of death-awareness  

Gallery-style mediumshp readings for audience members   
​​Joshua John is one of the brightest new stars on the mediumship scene today, and his group readings have astonished people from coast to coast. 

Reconciling ​Mediumship with Western Religious Values​​ Steffany Barton, RN is a registered nurse and an intuitive healer who will discuss how to reconicle interdimensional communication with Judeo-Christian doctrines.

How Grief Lives in the Body​​  Georgena Eggleston, M.A. is a certified Rubenfeld Synergist and trauma specialist. She will teach healing practices through breathwork, movement and healing touch.

Breakout Sessions

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.  

​Pre-Conference Workshops   

​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  

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

 Suzane Northrop
The History of
​Modern Mediumship 

​​In-Depth Workshops  

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.

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.

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.  

Keynote Presenters

"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

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

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

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. 

Dr. Sue  Morter is an internationally known authority on bridging science and spirit. Through music, meditation, breathwork and story, participants in her workshop will be guided to clear emotional blockages that inhibit access to the transcendent self. She will also offer a breakout session on how transcendent experiences can move us away from pain and fear.

Afterlife Conference founder RevTerri Daniel, with shamanic practitionerLinda 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. 

Austyn Wells 
Mediumship Ethics and Business Models  

The History of Contemporary Spiritualism, presented by Marilyn Kalna from theFifth Spiritualist Church of St. Louis

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.