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Tyndale hosts "Meaning Conference" to explore how to live well and die well

May 21, 2008 -- For Immediate Release

TORONTO, May 21 - What is a "good death"? This is one of the big questions to be addressed by the world's leading experts on death and dying at the 5th Biennial International Meaning Conference on July 24-27, in Toronto. Invited speakers include psychologists, death educators, chaplains and medical doctors in palliative care. They will tackle the biggest challenge facing all of us: How to be prepared for the end of life's journey and to die a good death. "Death is the only certainty, and yet most people know so little about it," said Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, Conference Chair and Psychology Professor at Tyndale University College in Toronto. The main conference theme is Living well and dying well: New frontiers of positive psychology, therapy and spiritual care. The purpose of the conference is to exchange research findings, clinical interventions and spiritual insights on how to live fully with the awareness of personal mortality.

The conference will cover a wide range of themes such as death education, spiritual care in hospice and end-of-life decisions. It will also explore the impact of death attitudes on a number of social concerns such as addiction, suicide, violence and terrorism. In addition to many professional workshops, the conference has a distinguished faculty of more than 20 academics and clinicians to address psychological, spiritual and medical issues related to living and dying well. The Conference is both international and inter-disciplinary. Thomas Attig, adjunct Professor of King's College and author of The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love, will provide fresh ideas and hopeful visions about grieving in his keynote address. Robert A. Neimeyer, Editor of Death Studies and author or more than 15 books on death and bereavement, will give a keynote address and a workshop on the meaning-making process in coping with death and loss.

The distinguished public lecture will be given by Pamela Wallin, O.C., and S.O.M. As a cancer survivor, she will talk about her personal journey of struggle and recovery and her secrets of living fully and vitally in spite of cancer. She will also share the collected wisdom of many of the highly successful people she has interviewed. Her lecture will illuminate the human conditions and inspire hope. She will provide a convincing case on the imperative of purpose and character strengths throughout life's journey in order to live well and die well regardless of personal circumstances. This conference is organized and hosted by the Psychology Department of Tyndale University College on behalf of International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). For more information about the Conference, visit www.meaning.ca.


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