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2023 National Symposium
Traumatic Loss & Grief Support


September 6-8, 2023


Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N
Independence, OH 44131

Join us for an educational symposium on traumatic loss and grief support. This symposium will bring together hundreds of practitioners, researchers, educators, clinicians, students and thought leaders to share information around these important topics. 

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Director, Center for Loss & Life Transition

Dr. Alan Wolfelt has been recognized as one of North America’s leading death educators and grief counselors. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. He founded the Center for Loss in 1984 to offer education and support both to grievers and bereavement caregivers. Well respected for his inspiring teaching ability, Dr. Wolfelt is a past recipient of the Association for Death Education Death Educator Award. He is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing as well as his companioning philosophy of grief care. Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief-related topics, offers trainings for caregivers, and has written many bestselling books and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people. 

Call For Papers Now Open!

Submissions to present for the 2023 Symposium are now invited. Cornerstone of Hope is pleased to open a Call for Papers, with a special focus on traumatic loss and grief support. We welcome proposals that use educational, debate, multimedia and resource-sharing methods, led by seasoned experts and people new to the field.  


  • Traumatic Loss/Trauma Informed Care
  • Faith-based Grief Counseling Interventions
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder and the DSM
  • Current Trends and Ethics in Telehealth Counseling
  • Grief at Work
  • Impact of COVID on Grief Work
  • Support Group Curriculum and Interventions
  • The Use of Art Therapy in Trauma Work
  • Group Facilitator Training 

Due Date for presenter submissions: Friday, March 31, 2023

Please fill out the Submission Application Form below.  Once approved to present, all presentation materials may be emailed to