2018 Annual Symposium on Children's Grief

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The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Symposium is the longest running and most comprehensive Childhood Bereavement Symposium offered in the United States. The NAGC Symposium draws more than 400 children’s grief support professionals and volunteers from a variety of organizations throughout and outside the United States each year. The NAGC Symposium provides these individuals with learning experiences, concrete tools and connection with like-minded individuals. Attendees are able to return home at the end of the NAGC Symposium with new information and renewed energy as they continue to provide support to grieving children and teenagers in their local communities.

The Symposium is held in a different city in the United States each year to give professionals from around the country the opportunity to attend. Conference fees are kept low to accommodate all income levels for individuals and organizations. Scholarships are offered to those individuals and programs in need of financial assistance to attend.

Symposium Goals:

The Annual NAGC Symposium offers participants the opportunity to learn of the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving children and teens;  enhance skills and knowledge to deliver state-of-the art services to grieving children and adolescents; engage in dialogue with colleagues,  clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professional to exchange ideas information, and clinical expertise. Download the 2018 Symposium Course Catalog for full-descriptions of workshops. (See sidebar for the download link).


Location: Join us June 28-30, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas for the NAGC's 22nd Annual Symposium on Children's Grief.

Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 222-1234

Conference hotel room Rates Starting at $149.00 per night. (There is an additional charge for parking.) Individuals will also be able to make reservations by calling Central Reservations at 1-888-421-1442 and referring to the group and meeting name. Link to reserve your room:  https://aws.passkey.com/go/2018NAGC  

*The NAGC Room Block ends May 28, 2018.

The symposium offers varied Workshops on topics important to children's grief issues, program development, non-profit administration, activities, fundraising and grief support models, to name a few.

Affordable Registration Rates: We are committed to providing a high quality education experience at affordable rates for everyone.


Regular Registration: April 1 - May 31, 2018

Non-Members, $385

NAGC Members, $350

Regular Registration closes May 31, 2018

Early Bird Registration: January 16, 2018- March 31, 2018
Non-Members, $360
NAGC Members, $325
*Early Registration Deadline is March 31, 2018

In addition to the two and a half days of workshops, registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday AND a ticket to the "New York Life Welcome Reception" on Thursday night.

Cancellation Refund Policy:

If you are unable to attend the symposium and wish to send a substitute, please provide the substitute’s name and contact information to the NAGC as soon as possible. If no substitute is available, cancellations are subject to a $25 cancellation fee and refunded as follows:

    100% refund on or before May 1, 2018

    Full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee  May 2 – May 31, 2018

    No refund beginning June 1, 2018

Cancellation requests must be received in writing on or before the dates provided above. All cancellation or substitution requests should be emailed to

Continuing education credit for the 22nd Annual Symposium will be co-sponsored by the National Alliance for Grieving Children and The Institute for Continuing Education.   The program  offers a total of  TBD  contact hours.  CE contact hours offered per day are:

                 June 28:  TBD

                 June 29:  TBD

                 June 30:  TBD

Continuing education credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis with full attendance required for the sessions attended.  Partial session credit is not offered. More on Continuing Education.


Continuing Education Credits for all 3 days

                $45, NAGC Members

                $60, Non-Members

Continuing Education Credits for one day

                $15, NAGC Members

                $20, Non-Members

The processing fee is $60.00 per person ($45 for NAGC members), and is payable with registration fee. Participants interested in making application for CE credit should stop by the CE desk at the Symposium, pick up a CE packet and receive instructions on Sign-In/out requirements. Certificates will be mailed to CE applicants following the Conference.Credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required for the sessions attended.

Continuing education credit for this event will be sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education: 800-557-1950 /e-mail:    

ADA STATEMENT: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notifications.

Past Symposium Locations:

1997 - Oberlin, Ohio
1998 - Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
2000 - Portland, Oregon
2001 - Portland, Maine
2002 - St. Louis, Missouri
2003 - San Antonio, Texas
2004 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2005 - Denver, Colorado
2006 - Chicago, Illinois
2007 - Birmingham, Alabama
2008 - Houston, Texas
2009 - Long Beach, California
2010 - Cleveland, Ohio
2011 - Boston, Massachusetts
2012 - Orlando, Florida
2013 - Phoenix, Arizona
2014- Atlanta, Georgia
2015- Portland, Oregon
2016- Indianapolis, Indiana
2017- Richmond, Virginia
2018- San Antonio, Texas