Welcome to
The Afterlife Advocate
 A Conversation about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving
and the Journey of the Soul
 
Issue # 21 - September 2016


Published by The Afterlife Education Foundation,
producer of the Original Afterlife Conference 
Events we
Recommend 

  
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Maryland/Virginia
Grief Yoga
with Paul Denniston

 
Sept. 12,  Towson, MD
Sept.13, Ellicott City, MD
Sept.14, Fairfax, VA
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Los Angeles, CA
Life with Spirit workshop
with medium Hollister Rand
Saturday, September 10, 
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New York,NY
 Past Life
Soul Regression Training
with Dr. Linda Backman
Sept. 8 - 12
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Nashville, TN
Mediumshp Readings
with Suzane Northrop

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

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with Terri Daniel
October 8 and 9, 2016

The 2017 Afterlife Conference
Portland, OR.  June 1-4, 2017 


Here at the world headquarters of Amalgamated Afterlife International, we're finalizing plans for our seventh annual Afterlife Awareness Conference, and the 2017 web page should be ready by mid-September. As a subscriber, you'll receive advance notice when registration opens, which enables you to take advantage of our earlybird prices (a $50 discount). For a sneak peek at our 2017 lineup of presenters and events, click HERE

In other news, as some of you know, I just returned from a multi-city speaking tour through Colorado and Utah, where I conducted my Grief as a Mystical Journey workshop, and also trained hospice workers in how to have Interfaith Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved. I met many fantastic people along the way, and I offer special thanks to the friends and supporters who helped make these events successful.  

One of my discoveries in Utah was a great little resource for interfaith spiritual practitioners called The Interfaith Marketplace.  And in Colorado I became familiar with the  Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, a movement that recently got physician-assisted death onto the November ballot (you'll find an article about this below).

Finally, many thanks to those of you who completed last month's survey about your satisfaction with The Afterlife Advocate newsletter.  According to your feedback, we're doing a great job! If you'd like to see the survey results, you'll find them HERE. 

Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT 
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy,
Bereavement  Support
 
 
The Colorado End-of-life Options Act
by Aliyah Alexander 

I was diagnosed ten years ago, at age 52, with progressive multiple sclerosis. I was a competitive athlete for my entire life, I had a successful career as a psychotherapist, and I raised a family. But now I can no longer move from the neck down, and am completely dependent on caregivers for survival.

Despite being bedridden, I have learned to live a regenerative life with a degenerative illness, and although I have always been a fighter, I accept that the time will come when I can no longer bear the pain. I have come to terms with the loss of my autonomy and inability to interact with my community outside of my home, and should my pressure sores became septic, or if I have a recurrence of pneumonia, I will qualify for the Colorado End-of-life Options Act.
 
Many disability organizations oppose medical aid in dying, but they do not speak for all disabled people. They call it assisted suicide, a term that offends me, because it is misleading and disrespectful to the dying and their families. People who are suicidal are reactive and want to die. In most cases, this is transitory and treatable, which can result in a productive life. In contrast, people with life-threatening illnesses want to live, but can't. They want to choose to die with less suffering for themselves and their loved ones.

This law is sensitively-crafted and protective of the rights of the dying. Please support this bill and allow Coloradans the option to choose what care to seek in living and dying.

Aliyah Alexander signing the petition, holding the pen in her mouth 
while a caregiver holds the document up for her

 

  Debunking  the Myths of Hospice
by Naomi Naierman and Johanna Turner


"...Despite its many advantages, hospice is still a mystery to most Americans, 25 years after its introduction to this country. That hospice remains a mystery is due in part to our society's resistance to discuss matters related to death. Also accountable is the federal government's poor performance in educating the public about the Medicare hospice program instituted in 1983. It is also fair to say that as a whole, hospices have not been effective in raising the public awareness about hospice."  READ MORE...
 

  
Conscious Grieving  Workshop
Coming to Chicago
 October 9  

Presented by Chicago IANDS



If you or someone you know is working with grief in the Chicago area, either as a bereaved individual or a bereavement professional, please join us for Terri Daniel's acclaimed Grief as a Mystical Journey workshop.

The workshop takes place from 1-5 pm, and after a dinner break, renowned psychic medium Thomas John joins the group for an evening of audience readings. Details, pricing and registration can be found HERE.
 

Hawking and Heaven:
A Match Made Not Anywhere
by Terri Daniel 

 
A 2011 article recently came to my attention in which world-famous physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking declared that a belief in heaven or an afterlife is a "fairy story for people afraid of death." Naturally, as an afterlife aficionado, I read the article with interest when it showed up on my Facebook feed, and I was compelled to reply with the following comment: 

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Hawking is only talking about the physical universe (and granted, he is clearly an expert in that area). What he is missing however, is the understanding that there is also a non-physical universe, which he apparently cares nothing about.

Like millions of people worldwide, Hawking equates the idea of an afterlife with religion, specifically a god-in-the-sky theology and literal interpretations of those doctrines. As long as the non-physical universe is linked exclusively to religion, the critical thinkers among us will reject the idea of an afterlife because we reject the idea of heaven/hell and an "exalted father" god. I support the rejection of those doctrines, but I haven't thrown the baby out with the bath water by rejecting spirituality in its entirety. Hawking sees it as purely empirical, with no room for symbolic interpretation or personal mystical experience. I see it an an expression of evolving consciousness, in which we are called upon to use our discernment to determine what is myth, what is politics, and what is true spiritual guidance. 

Hawking says, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."

For such an intelligent man, he neglects to consider that many of us are also intelligent (and educated), and as such, we recognize that we live in a multi-dimensional universe. His comments address the infantile Sunday school mentality of the masses, and exclude  those of us who've moved past scriptural literalism and fear-based doctrines into a deeper exploration of universal consciousness. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

 

A New Resource for Afterlife Professionals
  


We are proud to introduce you to a new online community that has recently emerged as a resource for spiritual and metaphysical support services. 

Afterlife Connect brings together mediums, authors, spiritual churches, teachers and grief counselors. As a professional member, you can promote your services and build your brand by creating a profile page and adding links, products, events, videos, articles and other promotional materials.
Please check it out at www.AfterlifeConnect.com 
 

Recordings From Past Afterlife Conferences

If you missed any of our past conferences (or if you were there and want to purchase recordings) here are two offers: 

1. Our 2014 and 2015 live stream broadcasts can be purchased together for only $40 (originally priced at $97 each). Click HERE .

2. Our 2016 recordings (on CD, DVDd or MP3), can be found HERE.
  
 

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