Alive Symposium on Family, Health, Ethics, and Spirituality

The 2019 Alive Symposium is Sold Out

End-of-Life Issues in Family, Health, Ethics, and Spirituality

The Symposium is open to all. Typical attendees include health care professionals, family caregivers, social workers, grief counselors, faith leaders, end-of-life service providers, students, and anyone who will one day die.

This special annual event is an important part of Alive’s mission as a non-profit, which is to provide loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives.

We hope you will join us, and add your voice to the conversation!


ALL tickets are sold out.

ALL ticket sales are closed. Because all tickets are sold, will not have ticket sales at the door.

Thursday, November 7  |  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Belmont University, Janet Ayers Academic Center
Parking is free, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Campus Map  |  Parking and Directions

This educational event is an important part of Alive’s mission as a non-profit, which is to provide loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives.

The Alive Symposium on Family, Health, Ethics and Spirituality has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Tennessee Chapter (Provider Number: NASWTN 2019-0135) for 5.0 continuing education units.

Keynote Speaker

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Ali Drescher is the Grief Center Director at Alive. During her career, she has held leadership positions in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She established the Grief Center of Middle Tennessee and served as a speaker with PESI Education, providing grief education for mental health providers across the nation. She is a highly sought-after speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning, and is known for her creative, interactive and story-telling presentation style.

Drescher is a licensed professional counselor; Fellow in Thanatology: death, dying, and bereavement; and a certified grief counselor. She holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in play therapy. She is also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the American Counseling Association.

Questions? Keith King at 615-346-8418 or kking@alivehospice.org.


The Alive Symposium is a program
of the Alive Institute

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Alive's Center for Education, Outreach, Innovation and Advocacy

Videos

Learn about the Alive Institute:

2018 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jessica Zitter:

2018 Interfaith Panel:


Symposium Schedule

  • 7:30 - 8:30 am: Registration and breakfast
  • 8:30 - 8:45 am: Welcome from Alive President/CEO
  • 8:50 - 9:50 am: Interfaith panel on the end of life
  • 10 - 11 am: Morning breakout sessions A
  • 11:10 am - 12:10 pm: Morning breakout sessions B
  • 12:15 - 1 pm: Lunch and visit vendors
  • 12:40 - 12:50 pm: Comments from sponsors
  • 1:10 - 2:10 pm: Ali Drescher, keynote address
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm: Afternoon breakout sessions
  • 4 - 4:30 pm: Closing remarks

Workshop Topics*

  • Obligations and Outcomes in Caregiving
  • Preparing to Make the Decisions No One Is Prepared to Make
  • Palliative Care Chaplaincy and The End of Life (Panel Discussion)
  • New Realities of Mourning in our Technology-Driven World
  • Caring For Our Warriors at the End of Life
  • Natural Burial: What We Bury at The End of Life 

* Subject to change.

Vendors' Booths

If you're interested in reserving a vendor's booth, contact Keith King at 615-346-8418 or kking@alivehospice.org.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous support.

Mitch Grissim Law Firm

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Caregivers By Wholecare


Vendors

Family Legacy | Mitch Grissom Law Firm | Caregivers By Wholecare | Windlands South | The Oak Tree Advisors| Family Funeral Service Consultants | FiftyForward - All of Us Research Program | Gilda’s Club| Dr. Celeste L. Lee, MBA, MS, LN | TN Disability Pathfinder & Camino Seguro | Nashville Public Library Book Fair - Thompson Lane Branch