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The Institute for Science and Human Values Presents Dying Without Deity-Perspectives on Death and Dying Symposium

 
To date there has been little discussion and less research as to how self believers experience the dying process and death. What are some of the problems and discrimination Secular Humanists face during one of life’s most difficult journeys? How does one access support when it is needed?  How widespread are these problems and what can be done to alleviate them? Join ISHV's cadre of experienced speakers as the issues and suggested solutions are explored and shared.  
 
The Institute for Science and Human Values Presents Dying Without Deity-Perspectives on Death and Dying Symposium

Tampa, FL, March 26, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Even though the Pew Research Center has found that one-fifth (20%) of the USA public and a third (33 1/3%) of adults under 30 are religiously unaffiliated, most hospitals and hospices insist on having religious Chaplains available while ignoring the needs of non-theistic, secular humanist, atheist and agnostic patients.

While a September 2014 Pew Research report indicated that 72% of the American public has concluded that religion is losing influence in American life, the CEO's of America's hospitals and hospices continue to ignore this reality.

The Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV) has been approached by nursing home directors explaining secular patients are not being provided for, by either the facility or the patients' families. Is there a way to help?

"I have comforted those who are frightened to identify as non-theist for fear that proper medical care will be denied them when they find themselves requiring hospital and hospice stays," states Toni Van Pelt, ISHV President. "We know many secular humanists' wishes are denied by their families concerning burial and funeral services," she continues.

To date there has been little discussion and less research as to how widespread these problems are and what can be done to provide support for non-theists in this greatest time of need. Join ISHV's cadre of experienced speakers as the issues and suggested solutions are explored and shared.

"Dying Without Deity"
Perspectives on Death and Dying Symposium,
Faculty House, Columbia University, New York, NY
April 10 and 11th, 2015.

Check www.ishv.net for future details and to register.

 

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Institute For Science and Human Values, Inc
Toni Van Pelt
727-391-8459
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Dying without Deity 

Perspectives on Death and Dying Symposium

 Promises to be an eye opening symposium. These topics have not been explored in one place, at one time, anywhere before. Walk out of Columbia University one of a few self believers informed and armed with solutions to deal with many of the end of life issues that our communities face. 

 Program to Date

             •Disclosure of the discrimination nontheists experience when a relative or loved one has died including narratives that have been submitted to the Anti-Discrimination Support Network.

             •An examination of religious discrimination  in New York's, Florida's and California's medical facilities and discussion of the changes needed in order for the secular community to receive the same recognition and support as is provided to the religious community.

             •How to prevent unwanted religious intrusion through advance directives.

             •Is there a role for a secular humanist chaplaincy?

             •Should one donate their organs upon death? How does one benefit from doing so?

             •As opposed to end of life suicide there is despair suicide. What are the considerations of ending one's life in despair suicide? What of the loss of one's community and one's future self? Philosophical antecedents to these ideas through history will be shared.

             •Do people have the right to die by committing end of life suicide? Who has the right to tell people that they should not embrace the choice to end their lives? Anyone? No one?

             •Learn of secular ways to deal with one's own death. An exploration of Graeco-Roman philosophy's take on the last stage of life and how one can profit from an update on this ancient wisdom.

             •How can one both mourn and celebrate the death of a loved one?

 ISHV is extending a ten percent discount for early registration until February 15. Stay at the Aloft Hotel for only $199 a night available until March 8. Hurry! Don't miss out on these reduced prices. Register today. And yes, ISHV is offering the discount on the membership price, too.

  See you there.

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All things subject to change at any time without notice.

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