National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College Director Discusses Journey Into Bereavement Education

Diane Moran, Director for the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, recently attended ADEC 36th Conference, an annual conference presenting a unique opportunity for attendees to explore the “educational aspects of dying, death and bereavement.”

At the conference, Moran spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley, President of the Open to Hope Foundation, about the loss of her husband, finding hope and her life changing journey that brought her to Mount Ida.

“People need to learn how to speak to others grieving a loss,” noted Moran to Horsley while discussing her career path into the bereavement profession. Three years after being widowed in 1988 with three children under the age of three, Moran found the Bereavement Studies program at Mount Ida and began taking classes. Almost twenty five years later, she told Horsley, “I know I am where I belong.”

 

As Director of NCDE, Moran coordinates a series of professional development programs, including community programs, online courses as well as the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, taking place July 21 – 25, 2014. NCDE offers a Certificate in Thanatology upon completion of 60 credit hours and a scholarly project.

“We provide our attendees not only topics that are up to date, but topics that we really need to discuss as we continue to work with the beavered,” said Moran.

For more information on the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida, educational offerings and the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, including registration, please visit our webpage at www.mountida.edu/ncde.