The 33rd meeting and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Dates:                                      IWG Meeting – Sunday October 1 to Friday October 6, 2023
Conference:                             Saturday September 30, 2023
Venue:                                      The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel – The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel
Organising Committee:   Mary Ellen Macdonald, Susan Cadell, Phil Carverhill and Betty Davies

*If you would like to extend your trip, you can utilize the contracted rate of $219 CAD for a Queen bed or $239CAD for a king or double beds for three days prior and three days after the meeting. You will book this on your own.

Meeting registration fee includes:

  • Lodging for Sunday through Thursday nights
  • All meals from the start of the meeting except Wednesday dinner which is on your own after the local excursions
  • Local excursions
  • The offsite banquet at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Coffee breaks
  • Coffee ice cream social

You may have a second person in your room who is not participating in meeting events at no extra charge.

Questions or concerns, please reach out to Jim Monahan (

Notes on Fees

Please note that fees have recently increased given the pandemic’s impact on global inflation.

Rates: The following are Early Bird rates.  After July 1st, the registration fee is $1900 and $1500 for accompanying others. Onsite registration is $2000 and $1600.

Cancellations: Permitted until July 25th less a $100 (USD) administrative fee. After July 25th there will be no refunds.

Accommodations: Rooms accommodate 2 adults. There is a fee of $20 (CAD) for a third adult (18yrs and over) in a room, and a fee of $25 (CAD) for a cot.  Children (up to 17yrs) can stay with parents in a bedroom. There is a fee of $25 (CAD) for a cot; a crib can be added complimentary but is based on availability.

Meals for Children: Children under 5 years old can eat buffet meals for free. Children aged 6 to 12 will be charged half price for all buffet meals. Children over 12 years will be charged full price for all meals. When meals are not buffet-style, or ordering from the menu, the fees will be charged to the personal account.


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