Toronto Conference to illuminate the mystery of death

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - Tyndale University College will host the 5th
Biennial International Meaning Conference on July 24-27. The world's leading
authorities on death and dying will be gathered in Toronto to tackle the
biggest challenge facing us all: How to be prepared for the end of life's
    Death makes news, often unsettling news: Tim Russert suddenly died from
heart attack. Canadian jazz great Jeff Healey died from cancer in prime age.
Young men and women have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. School children were
buried alive in China's recent earthquake.
    But death can also be close to home; it will sneak up on all of us sooner
or later. "Ultimately, death is me and death is you; therefore, we all need to
come to terms with the inevitable end," said Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, Conference
Chair and Psychology Professor at Tyndale University College in Toronto.
    "Psychological preparation and pain management are very important before
we can find a cure for various kinds of cancer," said Dr. Victor Ling,
Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute in British Columbia.
    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 psychological and health
issues, such as death education, palliative/hospice care, end-of-life
decisions and recovery from grief.
    With more than 140 presenters, 20 professional workshops, and a
distinguished multicultural faculty, the conference will illuminate the
mystery of death and dying based on scientific research, clinical observations
and lived experiences.
    Invited speakers include renowned psychologists, death educators,
chaplains, and medical doctors in palliative care. Keynote speakers also
include well known TV personalities such as Pamela Wallin and Irwin Baker,
both are cancer survivors.
    Thomas Attig, applied philosopher, 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 of 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.
    Paul T. P. Wong, winner of the 2008 Global Zest for Life Medal, will
speak on the positive psychology of living with cancer based on his personal
experience and psychology research. He will highlight the imperatives of
faith, hope and love in expanding one's life in spite of the restrictions
imposed by pain and death.
    The distinguished public lecture will be given by Pamela Wallin, O.C.,
S.O.M. Wallin is one of Canada's most well known journalists and presently
Chancellor of the University of Guelph. 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. Wallin will also share the collected
wisdom of many of the highly successful people she has interviewed.
    This conference is organized and hosted by the Psychology Department of
Tyndale University College and the International Network on Personal Meaning

    The conference has attracted a lot of media attention. TV-Ontario and PBS
will do the interviewing and taping at the conference. Other news outlets have
expressed interest. News agencies that require a media pass and a media kit
may contact

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