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Confirmed Speakers:
  • Dr. Zubin Damania - health care pioneer in new ways of considering healthcare delivery and conversations. ZdoggMD (
  • Shanaaz Gokool - CEO, Dying with Dignity Canada, a leading activist in changing Canadian laws
  • Asunción Alvarez, PhD, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, DMD Mexico
  • Dr. Stefanie Green, Victoria, Canada - a pioneer physician in Canada who has changed her practice from OB-GYN to MAiD, Medical Aid in Dying
  • Dr. James Downar, Critical Care and Palliative Care Physician at the University Health Network and Sinai Health System in Toronto
  • Caitlin Doughty - "Ask A Mortician," Caitlin is a leader in new ways of thinking about and having conversations on dying (
  • Dr. Aroop Mangalik - Physician and author, "Dealing with Doctors, Denial and Death"
  • Faye Girsh, EdD - Hemlock Society of San Diego, a pioneer in the DwD movement in the United States
  • Taimie Bryant, PhD, JD - Legal scholar, UCLA professor
  • Thaddeus Pope, PhD - Legal scholar, expert on VSED
  • Robert Rivas, JD - Pioneer attorney on RTD in the U.S., FEN General Counsel
  • Mara Buchbinder, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Religious leaders:
        United Church of Christ (National) - confirmed
        Unitarian Universalist - confirmed​

. . . as well as panels of bioethicists, physicians and health professionals, palliative care specialists, psychologists, thanatologist, grief counselors, and other health professionals and religious representatives.

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Scholarship, shuttle, shows, roommates, grocery store, food inclusive, and many other questions answered
The Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa:
A collegial atmosphere. A beautiful property nestled in the hills of Henderson, NV, on Lake Las Vegas. This beautiful property is just a stone's throw from Lake Meade, Hoover Dam, and some of the most beautiful hiking, biking, and recreational areas in the U.S.
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Hotel registration for these dates can only be made after you have registered for the conference. You will receive a code that you will then use for hotel registration.
NOTE: Conference hotel registration for these dates is only available for conference registrants. Once we receive your registration, we will send you a registration number and code for your hotel discount.
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details and discounted hotel rate. Conference registration below.
* Hotel registration is only available through your conference registration.
$375.00    Full conference, individual
$725.00    Full conference, couple
$350.00    Full conference, individual, FEN member discount
$650.00    Full conference, couple, FEN member
$75.00 per person, dinner celebration & entertainment
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To take advantage of this discount, you must be a member in good standing at the time of registration.
$75.00 per person, dinner celebration & entertainment
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No member or couple discounts available.)
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Go to the registration link above for full registration details. The substantially discounted hotel rate of $109 per night, plus a $10 daily resort fee is in addition to the conference registration. You must register for the conference first, then you will be sent hotel registration information. Space is limited for both the conference and the hotel and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Go to registration information link above for full registration details. The substantially discounted hotel rate of $110 per night, plus a $10 daily resort fee is in addition to the conference registration. You must register for the conference first, then you will be sent hotel registration information. Space is limited for both the conference and the hotel and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
March 21-25, 2018
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, NV
Frequently Asked Questions about the Dying in the Americas 2018 Conference
[Early planning and policies are subject to change. Please consult this website frequently for updates.]

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Q: Are scholarships available?
     Yes, scholarships are available for partial conference registration. For information about the scholarship program, please contact the Conference Coordinator

Q. Do you have a roommate option to defray hotel expenses?
     Yes, for those single individuals who would like to find a roommate, please contact us and we will let you know how to proceed.

Q: What is included in the conference fee?
    All conference programming from Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to noon on Sunday, March 25.      
    Daily food: Breakfast, breaks, and lunch are included on Thursday-Saturday, breakfast only on Sunday morning. Appetizers and cash bar with one free drink ticket will be available on Wednesday night.Hotel reservations must be made separately. Celebration Dinner and other limited space programs may be offered that will be charged separately.

Q: What about restaurants and grocery stores?
     An on-property restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch (both are included, however, in conference registration) and dinner. A small grocery story is just off-property within steps of the formal garden toward the lake.

Q: How do I get into Las Vegas for events in the city?
     There is a shuttle three times a day into town and three times a day back, pick-up and drop-off at The Tropicana Casino. The trip into town is about 20-30 minutes. It is very easy to get into Las Vegas by car.

Q: How do I get tickets for special events?
     The hotel concierge can help you find special events and obtain tickets for most events in the city.

Q: What time does the conference begin and end?
    The conference begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 with an evening reception, light hors d'oeuvres, and an opening program. Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada, will be the keynote speaker that evening. 
     Programming ends at 4:30pm on Saturday, March 24. 
     On Sunday, March 25, however, small groups will convene to work on an action plan for the future. Sunday’s small groups are expected to end at noon.

Sunday small group action planning:
     There is no cost to join the action groups, but you will need to sign up for these groups as each moderator will be working with a limited number of attendees. Details will be sent to attendees when the schedule is finalized. 

Q: What is the conference registration and hotel cancellation policy?
     The hotel will refund reservations cancelled up to 48 hours in advance. However, the hotel room block must be fulfilled and the hosting organization will have cancellations counted against the total and will be responsible for filling the room block. So, please do not register for the hotel if you are not sure that you will attend.
     Hotel rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you plan to come, it is best to register for your hotel room as early as possible.
     Conference registration can be cancelled through February 1, 2018. Upon cancellation, your registration payment will be refunded within 30 days, less a $50 administrative fee. Conference registration fees cannot be refunded after March 1, 2018.

Q: When does conference registration end?
Answer:  Early registration rates end January 14; February 15 is the last day to register. 
On site registration will be limited, if available. Once hotel capacity limits are met, registration will be closed.

Q: What will conference rates be once the early registration ends?
Answer: All registration rates will increase by $100 after the early bird registration ends.

Q: What is the hotel rate after the early bird conference cut-off date, January 14?
Answer: $159+ per night, plus $25 daily resort fee, plus applicable taxes. Suites will cost more. 
The room block will be open until February 15, at which time, the room block will be closed for conference attendees.

Q: Does the hotel provide transportation to and from the Las Vegas airport?
Answer: No, however, several convenient options are available, such as Yellow Cab, Uber, and Lyft.

Q: Is there a vegetarian option for Friday’s “Celebration Dinner”? 
Answer. Yes. We will do our best to meet any attendee's dietary requirements. Before the event, registrants will be contacted to choose dietary options.

Q: Will there be a food and drinks at the opening reception?
Answer: Before the event, registrants will receive one (1) drink ticket for the opening reception. Additionally, there will be a cash bar.

Early registration ends Jan 14, 2018.
Space is limited. Please register early.

Early registration ends Jan 14 or once space is filled.

Please register early as space is limited.
Low hotel rates will only be available until room block is filled.

Please register early as space is limited.
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Join us at the beautiful Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, NV, a collegial, tranquil setting, perfect for knowledge-sharing, learning and listening.
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