Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support
Welcome to the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support (MCDES). Founded in 1977, our purpose is to promote and provide education, opportunities for networking, and support to professionals and volunteers involved in the care of persons confronting death and bereavement.

We offer state-wide services dealing with death education and support issues to a diverse membership, including physicians, nurses, clergy, grief counselors, psychologists, therapists, social workers, hospice staff and volunteers, educators, nursing home and emergency service personnel, students, funeral directors and staff, survivors and advocates.

On the accompanying pages, you can find information about membership, conferences, our newsletter, and our many activities.

Feb 2016 Event

Cathy Wurzer

We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying

February 18, 2016

5:30 to 8 pm

The MCDES Board has made the decision to encourage MCDES members to attend the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) conference in the Twin Cities in April, 2016 (, and consequently, we will NOT be offering our annual Spring conference in May, 2016. INSTEAD, we will be hosting a special event with Cathy Wurzer on February 18, 2016 (see attached). We will have hot and cold appetizers and a cash bar followed by a presentation and discussion with Cathy Wurzer, one of Minnesota’s most recognizable broadcast journalists with a career that spans both commercial and public radio and TV. 1.5 CEU's have been approved for Minnesota social workers, and 1.5 CEU's have been applied for from the MN State Boards of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Behavioral Health and Therapy. Information about the cost and registration will be available by mid- November.

More information here.


MCDES · · P.O. Box 50651 · Minneapolis, MN 55405 · 763-391-3051