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If you have had a near-death experience (NDE), NDE-like experience or related experience, please consider participating in the on-going research studies below. All of these studies have been reviewed and approved by the IANDS Academic & Research Committee.
NDE researchers Drs. Bruce Greyson, Pim van Lommel, and Peter Fenwick have published a commentary to appear in the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the recent report from Vicente et al. (2022) on the electroencephalographic (EEG) recording in an 87-year-old patient who unexpectedly suffered a cardiac arrest. Vincente et al. speculated that the unusual gamma frequency activity that was observed could support a last ‘recall of life’ that may take place in the near-death state. Subsequent mainstream media reports went far beyond this speculation and "proclaimed that this single case proved that near-death experiences (NDEs) were explained entirely by brain electrical activity persisting for several minutes after cardiac arrest."
In their analysis of the case, Greyson, van Lommel, and Fenwick concluded that, for many reasons, "the recent paper by Vicente et al. (2022) is, as the authors wrote, intriguing enough to stimulate speculation, but not evidential enough to suggest a neurological basis for NDEs."
Is the human mind a product of the brain, or is mind essentially independent of the brain although closely associated with it during physical existence?
Days 1 and 2 - Experts in near-death experiences (NDEs), psi phenomena, past-life memories, shared-death experiences, terminal lucidity, evidential mediumship, veridical after-death communication (ADC), neurological evidence, and philosophical considerations.
Day 3 - Experiencers and practitioners: physician NDErs, an evidential medium, induced ADC therapists, and out-of-body/astral projection experiencers.
Founded in 1981, IANDS is a membership-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes research, education, and support around near-death experiences and related experiences. Our mission is to advance a global understanding of these experiences. We envision a future in which all people embrace near-death and related experiences as sources of meaning and inspiration for a better world.
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On this website you will find near-death experience accounts (and NDE-like accounts) submitted by experiencers. These first-hand testimonies offer compelling insights and perspectives about consciousness and what happens after we die. You can also see more NDE accounts on our YouTube Channel (IANDSVideos) and in the IANDS publication, The Self Does Not Die.
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Abstract: An expanded scale, the Near-Death Experience Content (NDE-C) scale, has been developed by Charlotte Martial and colleagues (2020) to assess near-death experiences (NDEs). The scale was modeled after the existing NDE Scale (Greyson, 1983), using reworded scale items, and added five additional items, notably items about a gateway or tunnel and a feeling of non-existence or fear. NDE-C uses a rating scale of 0–4 for each item and thus ranges from 0 to 80. In this article, we raise concerns that several of the reworded items appear to have changed the meaning of NDE Scale item and appear to be significantly more prevalent or less prevalent than the original item, as demonstrated in a Rasch statistical analysis of the NDE-C results. We suggest wording changes for these items so that they return to their original context and meaning. [This page is an abbreviated version of the full article PDF, which can be downloaded here.]
A devastating near-death experience--a disempowering NDE of the Void--overturned the certainties and worldview of Nancy Evans Bush, a young teacher and new mother. Decades later, recognized as a trusted pioneer in research of distressing near-death experiences, she writes for the first time about her long struggle to come to terms with the experience. In this third book, she looks at reconciling foundational beliefs with the powerful messages of a strange and otherworldly NDE. The unexpected, sometimes humorous, often synchronistic discoveries point beyond herself to challenges and reassurance for everyone.
We are now accepting applicants for the following position.
Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer Position)
Manage all aspects of volunteer coordination for IANDS. This position does not involve direct supervision of volunteers, which is provided by the leader of the area in which the volunteer is working. Hours: Initially 10 hours per week, and later 10 hours per month.
The Netflix series "Surviving Death" Near-death experiences are the subject of episode 1 of the Netflix series "Surviving Death". It features in-depth dramatizations with commentary by NDErs Dr. Mary Neal, Jose Hernandez, Pam Reynolds, and Stephanie Arnold. Both Jose Hernandez and Stephanie Arnold have presented this month on ISGO (IANDS Sharing Groups Online). The recordings of their talks can be found by clicking on their names.
A lively video book presentation in Spanish of El Yo No Muere, the Spanish edition of The Self Does Not Die: Verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. We are proud that both books are IANDS publications. The presentation was conducted in November at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), the National Distance Learning University in Madrid.
The three presenters are (left to right) Alejandro Agudo Crespo, physicist and one of the book's translators, Òscar Llorens García, Professor of Philosophy and administrator of the TUNEL Project, Castellón, and Mariano Betés de Toro, Doctor in Medicine and Pharmacy, holding degrees in Biological Sciences and Art History and in Bioethics.
11/24 When You Die Episode
Dr. Mary Neal is a spinal surgeon with an adventurous side. She used to think that near-death experiences could be written off by science – caused by lack of oxygen or certain drugs. But on a kayaking trip down the rapids she becomes trapped under water for 27 minutes – and changes her mind. T. Scott Marr was on life support. His family is told that he had a massive stroke, and brain death is inevitable. They pull the plug. Then, he wakes up – and has an amazing story to tell. Everyone has a perception of death – but what really happens when we die? For thousands of years, the dreams and visions of the dying have captivated cultures. But what are they, what causes them? And are they real? This episode also includes IANDS co-founder, former IANDS President and Near-Death Experience Researcher, Dr. Bruce Greyson, current IANDS President, Dr. Diane Corcoran, Dr. Sam Parnia and Maggie Callanan, RN. For a Trailer Click Here Or For More Info Click Here
From the IANDS Board of Directors:
IANDS members from around the world have diverse views on many topics. As an organization, IANDS is neutral and does not align itself with any particular social, religious, or political ideology. We promote respectful dialogue.
Dr. Christopher Kerr and his team at Hospice Buffalo in New York has been recording death-bed visions of residents for ten years now. Of 1,400 clients studied, 80% have reported vivid episodes of deceased family or friends or even pets that appeared to them. The vast majority of these are felt by the experiencer to be positive events welcoming them for what happens with their impending death.
Source: KDKA2 CBS Pittsburgh
The IANDS publication The Self Does Not Die is a significant research work by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit, describing 104 verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences (NDEs). The book has already been cited 16 times in NDE scholarly literature and has sold over 3,000 copies since 2016. IANDS has now published the Spanish edition, El Yo No Muere in both paperback and on Kindle.
In 2013, NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit from the Netherlands published a book in Dutch which describes 78 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of near-death experiences. These perceptions are called “apparently non-physical veridical perceptions” or AVPs in the NDE literature, for example a cardiac arrest patient reports having seen an unusual event in a different part of the hospital which is later confirmed to have happened during the arrest, just as described.
Veridical perceptions in NDEs that have been verified by third parties provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body during NDEs. These cases strongly suggest that consciousness exists independent of the body and, by implication, survives death.
IANDS has recently published Foundations of Near-Death Research, an anthology of 25 landmark research articles from the Journal of Near-Death Studies (JNDS). This volume provides a systematic overview—a map—of what scholars have achieved so far within conceptual and phenomenological research in the field. It identifies how nearly forgotten or neglected earlier research trends might inspire and enrich current research and points toward areas still left to be covered. The focus of the chapters moves consecutively from articles on epistemology—How do we approach the phenomenon of NDEs?, to phenomenology—What is the experience of an NDE like?, to ontology—What are NDEs, and who has them?, and, finally, to the wider implications—What do NDEs really mean?.
In the Foreword, JNDS editors Bruce Greyson and Jan Holden point out that the anthology highlights seminal work that may deserve additional attention among reasearchers. To lay and scholarly readers who are already knowledgeable about near-death studies, the anthology brings a new level of coherence to the field; and to readers new to near-death studies, the anthology provides a relatively concise introduction with which to orient and familiarize themselves with the field.
The new video DVD, Understanding Veterans' Near-Death Experiences, is NOW ON SALE ($24.95 IANDS members, $29.95 non-members). Service members who have had an NDE should be assisted by medical personnel or chaplains trained to deal with those who have experienced NDEs. However, because of lack of training, that care is often not available, and the impact of this crucial gap of care can be great. It is traumatizing, exacerbating the effects of already devastating injuries, as well as PTSD, and magnifying feelings of confusion, fear, isolation and hopeless despair. Veterans may carry these feelings for a lifetime. This new IANDS-sponsored Veterans' NDE Training Video provides answers.
IANDS and many generous donors contributed $25,000 to produce the video. We are still seeking donations of an additional $15,000 to promote the video to veterans and veteran care givers. See the video trailer on YouTube. Order a copy today!
The long-awaited book The Self Does Not Die has now been published by IANDS and is available on Amazon.com. The project involved translating and expanding the Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. This new edition details 104 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of NDEs. Veridical perceptions in NDEs provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body and, by implication, survival of consciousness after death. Available at Amazon & Kindle!