Featured 2013 Presenters
Raymond Moody, MD, PhD
In 1975, Dr. Raymond Moody's best-selling book Life After Life focused public attention on the near-death experience like never before, and it was Moody who actually coined the term "near-death experience." Dr. Moody is also the author of The Light Beyond, Reunions, Life After Loss, Coming Back, Reflections, and Glimpses of Eternity, which describes the "shared death experience," in which people gathered at the bedside of a dying loved one describe being lifted out of their bodies and accompanying their loved one part-way into another realm. Dr. Moody's presentation will explore the seven key elements of the shared death experience which are very similar to those of the near-death experience.
Julie Beischel, PhD
Julie Beischel, PhD, author of Among Mediums: A Scientist's Quest for Answers, is the co-founder and Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, a full member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and the Forever Family Foundation. During Dr. Beischel's presentation, "Mediumship: Information, Operation, Application," she will discuss her research with mediums including current data from: studies of the accuracy of the mediums' statements (Information), studies of their processes, experiences, physiology, and psychology (Operation), and studies related to socially relevant areas such as criminal investigations and bereavement (Application).
Linda s a passionate teacher of Shamanistic death practices. In her two-hour experiential presentation (which will be offered twice during the conference weekend), she will demonstrate ancient death rituals and share her knowledge about the shamanic afterlife. There will also be a full-day pre-conference workshop on Shamanic practices for conscious dying presented by Chris Prieto on the Thursday before the conference (see below). Both events are ideal for hospice workers, caregivers and and lightworkers of all kinds who are involved in helping individuals make the transition from physical to non-physical life.
Chris Prieto, RN will be teaching the Thursday pre-conference workshop on The Sacred Work of Dying, which will provide detailed instruction in ancient shamanic practices to assist the soul as it separates from the body. This presentation will be of particular interest to hospice workers, clergy, medical practitioners, bereaved individuals and lightworkers who would like to know more about inter-dimensional work, especially as it pertains to assisting the dying with their journeys.
William Buhlman's four decades of personal out-of-body explorations give him a unique insight into this subject. Over the past two decades William has developed a proven, effective system to experience safe, self-initiated out-of-body adventures. His workshops at the Monroe Institute have guided hundreds of students in the process of out-of-body exploration using steps, intention and techniques designed for controlled journeying, and he will be sharing these techniques during his workshops at our conference. Each participant will experience an OBE method.
Dr. Erica G. Hyatt
Dr. Hyatt's research includes adolescent sibling bereavement, pediatric end of life decision-making, and the intersection of spirituality and psychology. She has worked at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, the Department of Psychiatry at Washington Hospital Center, and the Department of Oncology at Children's National Medical Center. Her presentation will focus on children's perceptions of death and the afterlife.
Internationally-acclaimed medium, TV and radio host Suzane Northrop has helped thousands heal from the loss of loved ones by bridging the gap between the world of the living and the world where the departed reside. Her Emmy-nominated TV series, The Afterlife has captured the hearts of millions, demonstrating Suzane’s unparalleled talent as a medium and her profound impact on those who experience her work. Suzane has been a consultant to investigation agencies including police departments in New York City, Washington D.C., Hartford, Connecticut and Los Angeles, and has worked with other noted mediums including John Holland, John Edward and more. Her presentation will include gallery-style readings for randomly-selected audience members, and she will also be offering fee-based private readings and gallery sessions by appointment. Click here for an amazing video of Suzane in action.
Eben Alexander, MD
Dr. Alexander is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer for Eternea, and has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years. During his career he has worked with hundreds of patients suffering from severe alterations in their levels of consciousness. In November 2008, Dr. Alexander himself became a comatose patient as the result of a rare bacterial brain infection, and was expected to die. Amazingly, he recovered, and reported an extraordinary near-death experience. In the words of afterlife researcher Bill Guggenheim, “If Central Casting was given an assignment to locate the most highly qualified person to have a near-death experience and teach about it, no one could find a more perfect candidate than neurosurgeon Eben Alexander." Dr. Alexander was recently featured on the COVER of Newsweek magazine talking about his NDE.
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD
Dr. Doka is a Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. He has has written dozens of books on grief and bereavement, including Ethics and End-of-Life Care, Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care, Understanding the Ways Men and Woman Mourn and numerous others. In addition to these books, he has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. Dr. Doka's presenation will address the extraordinary experiences and other phenomena that have been associated with dying and grief, and will examine the tension that exists between skeptical researchers, religious adherents and other systems into which this type of phenomena which does not neatly fall.
Roland M. Comtois is an internationally acclaimed channel, best-selling speaker and author of And Then There Was Heaven, A Journey of Hope and Love. He began his career in healing as a gerontology nurse, where he ministered to persons nearing the end of their journey on earth and assisted departing souls with their transition to the other side. Today, Roland’s personal appearances and “Channeled Messages for the Soul” presentations take him throughout the United States and Europe.
Ara Parisien is a natural born psychic medium and Transformation Coach who has been offering personal and group readings across the globe for 20 years. She is clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient, which provides her clients with a diverse field in which to heal, learn, grow and empower themselves. Ara has authored two books, "Whispers From Within - Thoughts From The Soul," and "Threshold of Transformation - A Channeled Spiritual Guide." For her presentation, Ara will be offering messages in a gallery format and will also be offering fee-based individual and group sessions by appointment.
Jonathan is the director of membership for The Newton Institute for Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy (TNI), an organization founded by Dr. Michael Newton dedicated to continuing his research into the Afterlife. A member of TNI since 2005, Jonathan has worked in the field of Regression Hypnosis both personally and professionally since 1994. His clinical work in psychology and regression hypnosis led him to a training assistant position with TNI in 2006. Jonathan has facilitated over 250 Life Between Lives Regressions and is a contributing author to Dr. Newton's latest book, Memories of the Afterlife: Life Between Lives Stories of Personal Transformation.
Chris is a certified grief recovery specialist who has been featured on Fox News, NBC and CBS for her work as a spiritual bereavement facilitator. In her presentation, she will discuss the 20 common types of after-death communications, teach proven tips for receiving afterlife contacts, give attendees specific techniques for grief healing, and lead a special guided meditation so that the participants can spend a little quality time with their departed loved ones.
Janette Kaye, Medium/Spirit Artist with Psychologist and Medium Dr. Paul Coleman
Janette is a spirit artist who draws images of those she brings in through her mediumship abilities. She trained in Mediumship and Spirit Art at Arthur Findlay College in Stanstead, England, and completed her Master's degree in Transpersonal Studies through Atlantic University. Dr. Paul Coleman is a medium, the author of numerous books, and has appeared on shows such as OPRAH and TODAY. Through readings and Janette's spirit drawings they will provide evidential information of the presence of those in spirit who are connected to some of the audience members.
Certified transition guide, author, channeler and hospice worker, Terri's unique perspective on birth, death and beyond helps the dying and the bereaved to find meaning and healing through meditative and ritual practices that open a conduit to the Other Side. Her unique form of "radical mysticism" breaks down limiting beliefs about forgiveness, divine judgment and negative experience, and replaces them with an empowering vision of a co-created universe where there are no victims or perpetrators, only souls seeking expansion and awareness.
Victor has been a psychotherapist in Kansas City for more than 20 years, and has counseled families who have lost loved ones to violence, suicide and illness. After the loss of his wife in 2010, his healing process lead him to become a grief counselor and hospice volunteer, and he is currently in training for hospice ministry. His presentation will focus on the ways in which grief and loss can lead us to higher awareness, increased compassion and a new path to a blessed life.
Paul Alexander, LCSW
Paul is a musician and psychotherapist who as a social worker and bereavement specialist in a childrens' hospice, integrated his understanding of grief with music and created numerous CDs and resources for the bereaved. His spiritual beliefs that we do not die and that love continually heals are reflected in his creative techniques for navigating the grief journey. In his workshop Paul will use the colors of the rainbow /chakras to work with various aspects of grief as well as guided imagery , hypnotherapy and energy work to renew our spirits in a healing meditation.
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Throughout the weekend we will also offer panel presentations and group discussions
with noted experts in bereavement, hospice care, medical ethics, afterlife research and spirituality, including:
Glenda Pearson, Reiki Master, intuitive guide, author and a certified grief recovery specialist.
Dr. Joe O'Connell, a practicing emergency medicine physician who has studied the spectrum of religious and philosophical systems and Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra Laghu Tantra and Kalachakra initiation/empowerment under the Dalai Lama.
Melena Landry, a paramedic since 1993 who served in Hurricane Katrina and has highly-developed intuitive connections to the afterlife.