IANDS Media Kit
We appreciate your asking about near-death experiences and IANDS. This page includes the information most frequently
requested by journalists and other media representatives.
For general background, please first read this page and scan rest of the IANDS web site, which contains a
great deal of information. If you need information you can't
find here or on the many other sites on the web, you can contact our
office. If you are with the print media, since we are probably not in
your publishing area, we would appreciate receiving a copy of your
finished article for our files.
What is a Near-Death Experience?
experience, or NDE,
is a profound psychological event with transcendental and mystical
may occur to a person close to death or in situations of physical or
emotional crisis. By itself, an NDE is an unusual event but is not an
indication of a mental health problem. Across thousands of years and
in cultures around the world, NDEs follow a broad general pattern with common features.
typically includes one or more of the following: a sense of leaving the body;
movement, often through a tunnel; being engulfed in light or darkness; feelings
of intense and indescribable love, peace and sometimes terror; perceived encounters with deceased loved ones,
unfamiliar entities and/or spiritual presences; a life review; a landscape; an
overpowering sense of knowledge and purpose. The effects of an NDE or related
experience are often powerful, enduring, and may be life-altering.
Coming close to death without any of these
special features is not a "near-death experience."
See Key NDE
Facts for more background information about NDEs and IANDS.
for the archive of NDE accounts submitted to the IANDS website.
IANDS is the informational and networking center in the field of
near-death studies, the first organization in the world devoted to
exploring near-death and similar experiences. Members are
researchers, laypeople, academics, and caregivers; experiencers and non-experiencers; professionals and the general
public; from every continent but the Antarctic.
Like IANDS itself, the Association's publications and programs
are unique. The quarterly newsletter, Vital
Signs, and the scholarly, peer-reviewed Journal of
Near-Death Studies provide information and
intelligent discussion generally not available
Around the US and Canada, 50 or so support
groups meet regularly, with more in Europe, Australia, and
Asia. For its periodic conferences in North America, IANDS pulls in top speakers,
experiencers, researchers, and interested people for education, sharing, networking, and friendship.
The mission of IANDS is to be the most reliable source of
information in the field of near-death studies, encouraging scholarly study and
the exchange of ideas about near-death, at-death and related experiences;
disseminating educational information about them; serving as a common forum and
community for experiencers and interested others; and facilitating the spread
of knowledge to professional settings and people of all walks of life,
religions, and cultures.
to contact the IANDS office to connect with board members, researchers and
Leadership of IANDS
for the key people involved in the International Association for Near-Death
IANDS is a
nonprofit 501-c(3) organization which receives its funding through membership dues, programs and contributions.
- How common are NDEs?
- Near-death experiences have occurred for thousands of
years. Today's major studies have indicated that of people
who come close to death or experience extreme situations
of physical or emotional crisis, 35-40% may later report an NDE; of
those who have had a cardiac arrest, perhaps 10-18% may remember an
one knows whether the other people in similar circumstances do not have
an NDE, have one but
do not remember, or choose not to discuss it. According to a
1982 Gallup study and its subsequent update, in the USA alone
between eight and thirteen million adults have had an NDE; no
estimate exists of the number of experiences among children.
- What does IANDS do, anyway?
- IANDS provides information services about near-death and
similar experiences; encourages research; and serves as a
networking organization for near-death experiencers and their
families and caregivers. It publishes a quarterly newsletter,
scholarly journal, and a variety of informational materials;
sponsors an annual North American conference; and coordinates a
loose consortium of support groups in the US and Canada.
- Can IANDS get me experiencers to interview?
- IANDS can help, but locally-developed sources may be
better. We are finding many of our usual media-competent
referrals resistant to more exposure, or their accounts have lost
their emotional edge through over-telling.
- Contact the IANDS office and ask to be put in touch with the Media Coordinator. This is your very best bet.
A notice on a bulletin board, in a publication, or on-air usually
produces good response; however, keep in mind that you will be getting
unknown and unscreened individuals who may or may not be appropriate
- Nurses (less often physicians) may be able to suggest
- Tell everyone you know that you want to talk to near-death
experiencers. You're likely to find people closer than you
- How can I find an expert?
- Everyone wants Bruce Greyson, Raymond
Moody, Sam Parnia. (Divide them by the number of outlets wanting
interviews . . .) Instead,
Talk to a member of IANDS Board of Directors or the Journal's
Editorial Board. Most are professionals, knowledgeable in the
field, and likely to be more readily available for interviews.
Some leaders of IANDS support groups are both experiencers and
professionals who know the research and may be able to refer you to
people to interview. Again, ask the IANDS Media Coordinator for help.
And keep in mind—not every MD is an expert, and not every
expert is an MD.