Alive Symposium on Family, Health, and Spirituality


Find Enlightenment. Illumination. Inspiration.

This unique, interdisciplinary gathering on the end of life is open to health care professionals, caregivers, social workers, grief counselors, Alive Hospice family members, faith leaders, chaplains, wellness businesses, end-of-life service providers, students, and anyone who will one day die.

Save The Date

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

Register now and save: Tickets are on sale now for $45.00 until Nov. 7 at midnight and are $75.00 at the door.

FREE for students

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Saint Thomas Health and Alive Hospice. Saint Thomas Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Saint Thomas Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Saint Thomas Health is committed to providing CME that is balanced, objective, and evidence-based.  In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Requirements and Standards, all parties involved in content development are required to disclose any relevant conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this education activity.  Saint Thomas Health has established mechanisms to resolve conflicts of interest should they arise.  Any relevant conflict of interest or off-label use will be disclosed to the audience prior to the activity.

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. 

Vendors' Booths

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

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous support.

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For more information

Contact Keith King at 615-346-8418 or

About the Keynote Speaker


Dr. Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH is this year’s keynote speaker. She is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America and has written a memoir, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to End of Life. Her work is also featured in the documentary Extremis, now on Netflix. Dr. Zitter practices the unusual combination of critical care and palliative care medicine at Highland Hospital, the public hospital in Oakland, California.

Symposium Schedule

  • 7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome from Alive CEO
  • 8:50 - 9:50 am Interfaith Panel  
  • 10 - 11 am Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 11:10 am - 12:10 pm Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:10 - 2:10 pm Dr. Jessica Zitter Keynote Address
  • 2:30 - 4 pm Book Signing
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakouts Sessions
  • 4 pm Closing and door prizes

Break Out Sessions

Let’s Talk, Communications Techniques for Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Anna Gene O’Neal, Alive President/CEO

Supporting a Miracle
Speaker: Kate Payne, Vanderbilt Center for Bioethics and Society

The Three Pillars of Aging Healthily For Caregivers
Speaker: Dr. Celeste Lee, Licensed Nutritionist

Parenting a Dying Child: One Mother's Perspective
Speaker: Alison Kirk, mother of Alive Hospice pediatric patient

How Chaplains Enhance End-of-Life Care
Speakers: Alive Chaplains - Panel

The Use of Complementary Therapies at the End of Life
Speaker: Janny Adkins

Understanding Hispanic Cultural on Death and Dying in Middle TN
Educational Booth Panel


Neptune Society, Family Legacy, Assure Source LLC, FiftyForward, Perfect Memoirs, Metro Health Department Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program, Gilda’s Club, Faith and Culture Center, Tennessee AAA- The Auto Club Group, Insight Counseling Centers, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville Public Television, Vanderbilt U. Medical Center, Center for Cognitive Medicine

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The Alive Symposium is a program
of the Alive Institute


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