Embracing Death for a Fuller Life
2021 Virtual Conference Series


2021 End-of-Life Conference Series

Welcome to our 21st year of providing End of Life (EOL) education to our community!

We invite you to reduce your fear of death through fun and engaging events, as well as heartfelt conversations.

Join us to explore the creative ways community members and standard-bearers are engaging with end of life.

All are welcome to this free series of events. If you have an idea for a session that you'd like to see, please let us know!

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Universal Series Sponsor The Connie Hillman Family Foundation

Shooting Star Sponsor

Sky Sponsor

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST)

Registration Opening Soon


Presented by:

Recompose - EOL Conference 2021

Recompose is an ecological death care company based in Seattle, Washington. Recompose is the first full-service funeral home to offer the process of natural organic reduction, which gently transforms humans into soil after death. In this presentation, Recompose customer and communications manager Anna Swenson will cover the science behind the NOR process, the history of bringing Recompose to life, and the importance of greener death care options.

Anna Swenson

Anna Swenson is the customer and communications manager at Recompose, where she leads marketing, public policy, and community outreach for the green death care organization. She is originally from the Phoenix area and enjoys house plants, tide pools, and cooking.


Thursday, March 18th, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST)

Registration is Closed.

By late 2021, we hope to be living in a post-pandemic world. But we can't forget how the pandemic shone a light on American's fundamental relationship with death. In her engaging,witty-way, funeral home owner and death acceptance advocate Caitlin Doughty will talk about death positivity, community deathcare, and creating a less fearful, bolder conversation about death.

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser. She founded The Order of the Good Death, a death acceptance collective that has spawned the death-positive movement. She is the host of the popular web series "Ask a Mortician" which has been viewed nearly 150 million times. Author of three NYT Bestselling books: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, From Here to Eternity, and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

To learn more about Caitlin, please visit her website here.



Thursday, February 25th, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST)

Registration is Closed

A tale of one man struggling to care for his dying wife. When 59-year- old Bambi decides to forgo further treatment for her cancer and die at home, her husband Rick leaves his job to become her primary caregiver— a role for which he has no experience and little support.

This film highlights an essential, yet largely unseen workforce—the family caregivers of America, and challenges viewers to acknowledge the growing strain placed on them.

A Film by Dr. Jessica Zitter and Kevin Gordon (USA, 23 minutes, 2020)

GAME NIGHT: Death Deck

Thursday, January 21, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST)

Registration is Closed.

Created by author Lori LoCicero and Lisa Pahl, LCSW,

The Death Deck offers up thought-provoking questions with a large dose of humor to help take the taboo out of the topic of death.


DEMENTIA: The Struggle is Real

Thursday, April 15th, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST)

Registration is Closed.

80% of people with dementia have behavioral challenges, including agitation, during their disease progression.

Current management of these behaviors with prescription drugs do not always work and the lack of clinical studies can be frustrating. In the context of Casa de la Luz Hospice’s innovative agitation program, Dr. Rebecca Powell and Piper Frithsen will share practical, non-pharmacological approaches to treating dementia behaviors and their underlying causes like boredom, restlessness, and sensory overload.

Presented by:

Dr. Rebecca Powell, MD, HMDC, Associate Medical Director

Piper Frithsen, M. Admin, RN, Administrator

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