Widowed Community Annual Weekend Conference - 2011 Details

2011 Tools for the “New Normal” Journey

What is it?: The Tools for the “New Normal” Journey is a weekend conference for anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The conference is specifically designed to give you an opportunity to:

  • Commune with fellow widows and widowers. Hear each other’s stories, make new friends, and meet old friends.
  • Learn about loss and grief, setting goals, parenting grieving children, dating and new relationships, and dealing with the holidays.
  • Learn how to buy and maintain a car, the basics of home maintenance, and how to find a reliable handyman, plumber, or electrician.
  • Learn the importance of estate planning and updating legal documents.
  • Learn how to get organized financially, build a spending plan, and understand the basics of money management and answer that most important question, “Will I be OK, financially?”
  • Understand the basics of health and long-term care insurance.
  • Learn about local resources including grief support groups, grief counselors, and other organizations offering assistance to those who lost a spouse or partner.
  • Hear our Keynote Speakers – Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley, internationally known grief experts, authors of Open to Hope, founders of the Open to Hope Foundation, and hosts of the syndicated internet radio show, Open to Hope.
  • Talk with our many exhibitors and purchase any of dozens of books at our conference bookstore.

Who should attend? No matter if you are in your first year, two years out, or five years out, we will have topics and themes that address the issues you face now. Our weekly grief support group, for example, has members attending who lost their spouses ranging from one month ago to five years ago. They all benefit from attending the group, but for different reasons. Attendees are building community, no matter how far out they are. Think of the WCESS conference as a weekend-long support group. We are all there to support each other.

When is it?: Friday – Sunday, October 28-30, 2011.

  • Friday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, October 28, 2011: The Conference opens with the Ice Cream Ice Breaker.
  • Saturday, 7am – 6pm, October 29, 2011: Doors to the building open at 6:30am. The Conference Saturday morning starts with breakfast (for those who registered prior to 10/23/2011*) followed by a full day of concurrent workshops and breakout sessions. Saturday lunch (for those who registered prior to 10/23/2011*) is included and the Conference finishes the day around 6pm.
  • Sunday, 7am – 12:45pm, October 30, 2011: The last day of the Conference starts at 7am with breakfast (for those who registered prior to 10/23/2011*) followed by another series of concurrent breakout sessions in the morning. We conclude with everyone attending a panel discussion on dealing with the holidays followed by a Remembrance Ceremony.

* For those registering 10/23/2011 and after: the two breakfasts and one lunch are NOT included in the price. Meals are on you own. The MU building has a number of fast food vendors in the lower level and ground floor which are open for Saturday lunch. These vendors are not open during breakfast time. For information on the vendors and their schedules, click HERE.

Where is it?: Arizona State University, Memorial Union Building, Tempe, Arizona. [MAP]

  • Maps – The main campus of Arizona State University (ASU) is located in Tempe, Arizona, in the Phoenix metropolitan area and just five miles from Sky Harbor Airport. The conference is held in the Memorial Union (MU) building on the main ASU campus. Address for the MU building is 310 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281. If you are using MapQuest to locate the building, MapQuest may point you just to the north of the MU building. Using the AT&T Maps application on an iPhone, the address for MU should point you just to the north side of the MU building as well. To orient yourself to the area use the following Map.
  • Memorial Union Building: The conference takes place on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union Building. Here is a Memorial Union Building Layout. Each room on the layout with a WCESS logo is used during the conference.
  • Light Rail: The Valley Metro Light Rail system provides a convenient surface level rail system which can bring people from various parts of Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, and portions of Mesa, straight to the northeastern corner of the main ASU campus, which is the University/Rural station. Use this link to obtain a Light Rail map, schedule, prices, and more information: http://www.valleymetro.org/metro_light_rail/
  • Parking: The Apache Blvd parking garage is available for those driving to the conference. This parking garage is on the north side of Apache Blvd. Parking in the garage is $2/hr on Friday with a maximum charge of $8, and it is free on the weekends, including Homecoming weekend. Vehicles must be out of the parking garage by 10:30pm or a ticket will be issued. The MU building is 500 feet north of the parking garage. Parking is also available at Gammage Auditorium and various other parking lots. Gammage parking, on Fridays, requires a permit until 7pm, is free after 7pm on Fridays, and is free on the weekends (for Homecoming Saturday, if you park at Gammage prior to 2:30pm you can park for free and keep your car there all day. If you park after 2:30pm on Saturday you will be charged). PARKING MAP

What Does the Conference Cost?

The price per person is $175 and includes:

  • Friday evening Ice Cream Ice Breaker!
  • Saturday Sessions and Workshops
  • Sunday Sessions, Workshops, and Remembrance Ceremony

* For those registering 10/23/2011 and after: the two breakfasts and one lunch are NOT included in the price. Meals are on you own. The MU building has a number of fast food vendors in the lower level and ground floor which are open for Saturday lunch. These vendors are not open during breakfast time. For information on the vendors and their schedules, click HERE.

Accommodations: Accommodations are not included in the price of the conference but we have negotiated a special rate of $90/night with the Four Points by Sheraton Tempe, located less than half a mile from the Memorial Union building on the ASU main campus. Four Points does have a shuttle which runs from 6am to 11pm every day of the week and can take you to and from the conference. You must schedule the shuttle 24 hours in advance with the front desk at Four Points (don’t forget to schedule both the outbound and return trip if needed). The Four Points address is 1333 Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281, and their phone is: (480) 968-3451. Click the button below to take you to the Four Points web page set up specifically for our conference.

Refund Policy: Prior to Oct 21, 2011 (one week prior to the start of the conference) a full refund is available if you are unable to attend, but you must contact us at 480.209.0564 with the refund request prior to 10/21/2011. On or after Oct 21, 2011, a refund of 50% will be provided if you are unable to attend. This policy is due to meal and other costs that must be paid by WCESS to vendors one week prior to the start of the conference and are not refundable to WCESS.

Vision for Future Conferences: This conference will be offered annually in the Phoenix area. Event space for 2011 will allow attendance of up to 120 attendees and provide up to four concurrent breakout sessions. Plans exist to expand future conferences by adding a half- or full-day of additional activities. In addition, an extra day might be added to offer professionals and those working with the bereaved community the opportunity to obtain Continuing Education credits as needed for their respective licenses and certifications.

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