Marian Thanatology Program Presents at NAGC Symposium

October 7, 2019

Attendees of the annual National Alliance for Grieving Children symposium were given insight into the unique offerings of the Marian University Master of Science in Thanatology and Graduate Certificate in Thanatology program when Department Chair Janet McCord, Ph.D., FT, attended the June conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Message from Department Chair Janet McCord, Ph.D., FT

As captured in a video produced by Open to Hope and hosted on NAGC website, McCord spoke on how the programs prepare individuals to work with the grieving, whether it be in hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, or faith communities.

“What inspires me about this particular conference is the passion people bring who are working with this sector of the grieving population – their energy, their thinking, their ability to effectively network with one another around the world,” said McCord.

While exhibiting, McCord also highlighted the wide array of student demographics in the program, and provided resources to those present on how they can benefit from Marian’s partnership with the NAGC, a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families.

McCord also presented at the conference. Her session, Hope North Uganda: A New Paradigm for Resilience in the Face of Unspeakable Trauma, reviewed the 20-year conflict in Northern Uganda and the positive impact of Hope North Technical and Secondary School, a school created to educate and support formerly abducted and forcibly conscripted children. The presentation concluded with a discussion about Marian University’s study/service tour to Uganda in July 2018.

NAGC Partnership with Marian Thanatology Program

In 2015, the first-of-its-kind partnership between Marian and NAGC was formed to provide NAGC members the opportunity to access high-quality graduate-level education in death, dying, and bereavement at a significant tuition discount. The agreement supports an environment where Marian and NAGC work collaboratively to support the educational needs of students interested in Marian’s programs, which are offered in a 100% online, 15-week semester format to help working professionals earn a degree in a way that meets their needs. Marian’s Edwin S. Shneidman programs in Thanatology include the Master of Science in Thanatology and the Graduate Certificate in Thanatology.

Marian’s programs – taught by leaders in the field who are regularly published in respected publications and speak at national conferences – will again be on display when the NAGC Fall Conference on Ethical Considerations for Grief Support after a Traumatic Death is hosted on Marian University’s campus Nov. 8, 2019.