Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)

Definition

Cardiologist Pim van Lommel (2010, p. 7) defines the NDE as a: “…recollection of all the impressions gained during a special state of consciousness, which includes some specific elements such as witnessing a tunnel, a light, a panoramic life review, deceased persons, or one’s own resuscitation.” Which can occur “….during clinical death, but also in the course of serious illness.” Professor Emeritus of psychiatry and neurobehavioural sciences Bruce Greyson (2000, p. 316) writes that NDEs are “…profound psychological events with transcendental and mystical elements, typically occurring to individuals close to death or in situations of intense physical or emotional danger.” He also highlights (1998): “These anomalous experiences are of interest to physicians not only because they may permanently and dramatically alter the experiencer’s attitudes, beliefs, and values, but because these profound changes may lead to significant psychosocial problems requiring intervention.”

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