2024 Call for proposals


2024 International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference


2024 Theme: Death, Dying and Bereavement: Diversity Throughout The Lifespan

Death, dying, grief and bereavement are impacted by a multitude of factors including age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, society, religion, sexuality and more.    

  • How do these factors impact end of life care and the grieving process?
  • How does our relationship to grief change throughout the lifespan?
  • How can we better understand the intersection between diversity, in all its forms, and death, dying and bereavement?

We welcome perspectives from academic, clinical and practical perspectives on these topics. Please submit an abstract for the 2024 conference. We look forward to learning with and from one another! 

Concurrent session and poster session proposal deadline: November 19, 2023
Notification date: December 12, 2023

2024 International Death, Grief & Bereavement Conference dates:
Pre-conference: June 2, 2024
Conference: June 3–5, 2024

Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Center for Death Education & Bioethics 
Graduate & Extended Learning

All proposals must be submitted online using the call for proposal submission form.

Proposals for concurrent sessions (1.25 hours each) will be accepted based on the relevancy to the theme and to a chosen strand.


  • Research, theory or policy implications
  • Practical skills and application
  • Contemporary therapies

Concurrent Session Proposals

  • Sessions are limited to 60 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of questions, discussion and dialogue with participants. It is highly encouraged that you allow 15 minutes for interaction with those attending your session.
  • Selected concurrent session presenters will receive a discounted conference registration.
  • Submission requirements

Poster and Roundtable Session Proposals

  • The poster or roundtable presentation is 'open stream' and presentations are welcome on any topic, theme, theoretical innovation or policy development across the field of death, dying and bereavement.
  • Poster display materials will be up throughout the conference and one 30 minute author presentation will be scheduled.
  • Poster and roundtable presenters are expected to pay full conference registration fees.
  • Submission requirements

For questions, please contact: Graduate & Extended Learning, 608.785.6500 or ex@uwlax.edu

Poster and Round-Table Information

  • You will be assigned a day to display your poster at the conference
  • Your poster will be displayed for the entire day
  • Poster presentations take place during scheduled break times throughout the day
  • Posters will be affixed to provided easels
  • The easels are W 4' x H 6'
  • Pins/clips will be provided to secure your poster to the easel
  • Please check in at the registration desk on your assigned poster session day
  • You will be directed to your poster station by Graduate & Extended Learning staff
  • Poster stations are located in the foyer outside of the Bluffs Ballroom (where lunches, breaks and keynote presentations occur)



  • Please be prepared to present your poster during break times on the day you have been assigned
  • Please stand next to your poster during break time you are scheduled to present; this will encourage attendees to visit with you and discuss your poster


  • Roundtable sessions are held during one of the lunch breaks
  • Sessions occur concurrently at selected tables in the Bluffs Ballroom (where lunch is served)
  • Please be prepared to start your presentation at the beginning of the 60 minute lunch break
  • Your presentation will occur at your assigned table



  • Roundtable presenters should check in at the registration table and indicate they are a roundtable presenter
  • The UW-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning staff will show the presenters to the table that will host their roundtable session
  • Tables will have signage to indicate its use for a roundtable session
  • You are welcome to print and bring handouts for attendees at your session
  • Tables seat 8 people
  • There will be a maximum of 7 attendees at your table 
    • Should more people want to participate, they are welcome to add chairs from other tables
  • There will be a maximum of 7 attendees at your table 
    • Should more people want to participate, they are welcome to add chairs from other tables