2020 Annual Symposium on Children's Grief

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An Update on the NAGC Symposium


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 450 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.

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.

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Registration Fee

2020 Symposium Fees 2
In addition to the two and a half days of workshops, registration includes breaks and a ticket to the "New York Life Welcome Reception".

*Deadline to Register is May 15, 2020

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for this event is To Be Determined
The number of contact hours offered is as follows: 14.5 hours
Continuing Education Credits for all 3 days
$60, Non-Member
$45, NAGC Member
Continuing Education Credits for one day
$20, Non-Member
$15, NAGC Member
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.
Additional CE Information


Join us June 17-19, 2020 at the Tempe Mission Palms in Phoenix (Tempe), Arizona for the NAGC's 24th Annual Symposium on Children's Grief.

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel   

60 East Fifth Street   
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: 480-894-1400
Reservations: 800-547-8705

LODGING: Conference hotel room Rates Starting at $145.00 per night. (There is an additional $7.95 per night resort fee.) Individuals will also be able to make reservations online at:https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/PHXDT/G-NAGC and refer to the group and meeting name

MEETING NAME: 24th Annual Symposium on Children's Grief

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION: The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is located in downtown Tempe near Arizona State University (ASU) and conveniently located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and all major highways in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center offers transportation for individual travelers to and from Phoenix’s Sky harbor International Airport.

Shuttle transportation is available every ½ hour from 5:30 am - 10:30 pm (upon arrival, please contact the hotel to request shuttle transportation. Courtesy phones are located in the baggage claim area)

*The NAGC Room Block ends May 14, 2020.

Additional Symposium Information

Target Audience: Professionals who work with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings, including social work, counseling, bereavement support programs, funeral service, faith-based organizations, healthcare organizations, hospice, schools and after care programs.

Session Ranking: 
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this Symposium, sessions have not been ranked and are appropriate for all levels of professional development - beginning, intermediate, advanced.  Symposium attendees are urged to review the session descriptions for appropriateness for personal and professional development.

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.

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:

    Full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee  through April 30, 2020
    Partial refund minus a $100 cancellation fee  through May 31, 2020
    No refund beginning June 1, 2020

Cancellation requests must be received in writing on or before the dates provided above. All of our refunds need to go through the NAGC's accountant who will issue and mail a check. When requesting a refund, please include the full name to whom the check should be made and a mailing address.

All cancellation or substitution requests should be emailed to

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
2019- Salt Lake City, Utah
2020- Tempe, Arizona