Marian University Named NAGC Fall Conference Host

October 4, 2019

2019 Conference on Children’s Grief

Marian University has announced that it will host the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Fall Conference and Webcast on Children’s Grief on Friday, November 8, 2019.

This year’s webcast is titled “Ethical Considerations for Grief Support after a Traumatic Death.” In honor of November being Children’s Grief Awareness Month, the conference will feature a trio of presentations detailing the challenges faced by children and teenagers impacted by a traumatic death:

“Seasons of Love: Measuring a Child’s Life after Suicide”
Janet E. McCord, PhD, FT, will offer a brief overview of what suicide is and isn’t before reviewing literature on grief after suicide. The Marian professor and Department of Thanatology chair will also discuss strategies for supporting children, teens and families following a loved one’s suicide.

“The Suffocated Grief of Marginalized Youth Bereaved by Homicide Loss: On Honoring our Ethical Responsibilities”
Drawing from research and case examples, Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT, will explore ways in which loss and grief processes are uniquely complicated in deaths by homicide within multiple contexts – developmental, social, historical and geo-political contexts. The assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia will also address culturally conscientious and responsive strategies and strength-based practices in ethically sound work with marginalized youth and communities.

“How the Family Faces Traumatic Loss”
A clinical professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University, William G. Hoy, DMin, FT, will discuss navigating the difficult aftermath of surviving a February 2017 car crash that left him with serious head injuries and two close friends dead. In addition to the practical evidenced-based practices for psychotherapy in loss and trauma, Hoy – along with wife Debbie Hoy – will discuss their personal journey of integrating loss into their lives. They will talk poignantly about the impact on themselves, their adult children, and their friendship circle, as well as the ways they continue to grapple with meaning.

“NAGC is the only professional association that specifically addresses issues on childhood bereavement, and we are honored that they have chosen Marian University as this year’s conference host,” said McCord. “Traumatic death is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society, and it is important to understand how we can best support children, teens and families after such a loss.”

Registration Deadline for the Fall NAGC Conference: November 1, 2019

Held in Marian University’s Stayer Auditorium, the conference will run 10:30 am-2:30 pm with an optional discussion running 2:30-3:30 pm. Lunch included, the cost to attend is $20, payable in advance. CEUs for continuing education are an additional $25 paid at the door for continuing education of psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers.

Please register by November 1 at Those with questions should contact Dr. Janet McCord via phone 920-923-8952 or email, Professionals may also call Chris Martin at 920-923-8118 or email