Welcome to our 19th annual End Of Life (EOL) conference, “An Inspired Journey” - a day-long gathering of community members for education, inspiration, personal discussion and exploration of EOL issues!

19th Annual End-of-Life Conference
at the Westin La Paloma, Tucson, Arizona

January 10th, 2020
7:00 am- 4:00 pm


Inspiring Conversation, Awareness and
Preparedness for our Journey

The conference will highlight EOL touchstones such as pre-planning, facing a life-limiting illness, the dying process, final arrangements (including alternatives) and grief.

The conference has grown in size from 76 attendees in 2003 to 272 participants this past year - its growing popularity signals a need for a forum where people can talk about death.

By the end of our day together, we hope that you will feel more comfortable talking about death; have an increased awareness of planning for EOL; be willing to complete your Five Wishes advance care directive or share feedback about why you won’t; and identify information gaps so we can speak to them at a future conference.

We invite you to join us on this unique journey.  Please feel free to contact us with questions and suggestions (info@casafoundation.org).

Available Workshops for Morning and Afternoon.
You can choose 2 sessions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  Please see the descriptions below.

Morning Sessions
1. Courage & Conflict: What to do to make sure the conversation goes well with your family (Presented by Catherine Tornbom)
2. Dying: An Invitation to Growth (Presented by Stephanie Ludwig Ph.D, M.Div, M.A.)
3. Grief Message Board (Presented by Julee Gell, LCSW)
4. The Sixth Wish (Presented by Erin Russ)

Afternoon Sessions
1. FORGIVENESS: The Passage to a Sanctuary of Wholeness (Presented by Frank Williams)
2. Reliving Life’s Best Moments - How storytelling captures the impact of life. (Presented by Kiel Hogan and Trevor Anderson)
3. Novel Approaches to Unwanted Behaviors in Dementia (Dr. Rebecca Powell and Piper Frithsen, MAdmin, RN)
4. “Natural Burial: Preparing for a Final Embrace by Mother Earth” (Presented by Kristine Bentz)

Morning Sessions.
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Afternoon Sessions.
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Due to the costs associated with applying for CEU credits, a certificate of attendance indicating the number of educational hours received at the conference will be provided. Those of you who wish can use this documentation to apply directly to your governing body for educational credit.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Global Sponsor:

Connie Hillman Foundation

Journey Sponsor:

Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund
held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

Passport Sponsors:


Flight Sponsors:

Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona

Interested in Sponsoring this event?

We'd love to talk with you about sponsoring and exhibiting.
Please visit our sponsor page for more details.

transforming the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well