Dr. Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician,
author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He serves as Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, a 35 hospital health system serving communities across 5 western states. Dr. Byock advances efforts to measure, monitor and improve whole-person health care systemwide. He is a practicing physician and is based in Torrance, CA. He is the author of The Best Care Possible.
Kate Kalanick, the Executive Director of the Green Burial Council, is a business professional with over a decade of leadership experience and a lifetime of interest in the health of our natural environment. Born and raised near the ocean in Central California, Kate understands the necessity of making conscious choices in one’s life. Having had her own experiences with end of life arrangements, Kate brings with her a sincere understanding of how important having the opportunity to exercise those same conscious choices beyond life can be.
Jethro Heiko is the CEO of Common Practice, leading the company’s mission to make better conversations about advance care planning, serious illness, and death a common practice. Jethro has over 20 years of experience applying his skills in community organizing, strategic nonviolence, and bereavement to authentically and deeply engage individuals, organizations, and communities. His company has created the game "My Gift of Grace."
Heidi Connolly, accomplished “ghost” writer, editor, and self-publishing consultant, is the recipient of several awards for her newest book Crossing the Rubicon: Love Poems Past the Point of No Return. This book. which she wrote with the inspiration of her deceased husband Randy, is a "naked story of loss and renewal." She passionately shares her skills in writing with conscious intent with aspiring authors.
Moran Zur is the CEO and Founder at SafeBeyond, a “digital time capsule” and online platform that allows users to record and store video, audio and written messages to be accessed posthumously by their heirs and loved ones. The idea for SafeBeyond was inspired by the sense of tragic uncertainty faced by Zur when his wife was suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer. Concerned that his then three year-old son would miss out on a lasting relationship/connection with his mother, Zur left his job of five years as CEO of one of the leading and largest investment houses in Israel, to create SafeBeyond.
Monica Williams-Murphy MD
Monica Williams-Murphy, MD, is an award-winning writer and board-certified emergency physician who is on staff at Huntsville Hospital. She is the author of "It's OK to Die," which is devoted to transforming the end of life into a time of peace, closure and healing. She lectures widely about topics such as changing American beliefs about death and the crucial importance of Advance Directives.
Kevin J. Haselhorst, MD
Dr. Kevin Haselhorst practices emergency medicine at Abrazo Heath hospitals in Arizona. He is the author of Wishes To Die For, a contributing writer for The Arizona Republic’s “Ask the Expert” column, an end-of-life coach, and a public speaker on advance care planning and his brainchild, the Universal Healthcare Directive. He also blogs on websites for Wishes To Die For, The Conversation Project and Death Café.
Donna Belk is the Vice President of the National Home Funeral Alliance and a hospice volunteer, Threshold Choir member, funeral celebrant, death midwife, and home funeral guide. She offers Beyond Hospice, an 88-hour online certificate program for death midwives and home funeral guides. Donna served on the NHFA board at its inception and shares her business background, organizational and strong leadership skills.
Terri is an ordained interfaith minister, a clinical chaplain and an intuitive counselor who assists dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually spacious understanding of death and beyond.
Her unique perspective on birth, death and the journey of the soul helps the dying and the living find meaning and healing through meditative and ritual practices that open a conduit to other dimensions. Terri is the author of 3 books, the founder and president of the Afterlife Education Foundation and producer of the annual Afterlife Awareness Conference.
The Conference Presentations will be organized into 6 Educational Tracks. Listeners may choose 1 or 2 tracks to follow or select a variety of talks from all 6 lists. Your schedule is totally up to you!
Track 1: Advance Care Planning
Track 2: Care for the Dying
Track 3: Funeral and Burial Options
Track 4: Caregiver and Community Outreach
Track 5: Grief and the Afterlife
Track 6: Death in the Arts & Media
Speakers include Bart Windrum, Dr. Jessica McCannon, Kimberly Paul,Molly Stuart, Dr. Kevin Haselhorst, Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy
Speakers include Kirsten DeLeo, Mitcheal Metzner, PhD, Ken Wilber, Olivia Bareham, Magnum-Facility Dog (w/Carol Mestermacher), Ella Bittel
Speakers include Lee Webster, Sarah Kerr, Caitlin Doughty, Cassandra Yonder, Amy Browne & Brian Wilson
Speakers include Ashley Benem, Shelley Sparks, Nina Manolson, Kees Veldboer, Arline Hinckley, Judith London
Speakers include Blyth Lord, Carol Jones, Dr. Eben Alexander, Lizzy Miles MSW, LSW, William Peters, MFT, MEd, Jamie Kruse
Speakers include Tom Murray, Molly Stuart, Anita Brikman, Amy Browne & Brian Wilson, Marilyn Schlitz,
Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family practice and hospice physician who has spent her career gathering spiritual wisdom from her own life experience and from the patients she has cared for over the years. She is the author of the book What Really Matters and lectures frequently on her 7-lesson system for living a soul-guided life of meaning and joy. She helps people navigate the difficult times of life and transform their suffering into spiritual growth and awareness. www.karenwyattmd.com